THON Child Dominique Bigler Passes Away
Early yesterday morning, the THON community tragically lost 19-year-old Four Diamonds child Dominique Bigler. Dominique battled with cancer since she was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma at age 13.
According to Dominique’s family page, she has been attending THON since 2009, a year after she was diagnosed. Dominique was paired with the Penn State Navigators and was a fixture at THON. Described on her Facebook page as “golden hearted” and “brave,” Dominique sang “Livin’ On a Prayer” at THON 2012 and again at THON 2014 during the Kids Variety Show.
On Feb. 21, Dominique shaved her head, explaining that she wanted “to support kids with cancer and show them that being bald is awesome.” She encouraged supporters to send donations to THON.
Since she passed yesterday morning, Dominique’s Facebook page has flooded with prayers and sympathies. Friends remember her as a fighter, somebody with a consistently positive attitude. Many have posted pictures of Dominique joking around and acting like the goofy 19-year-old she was.
Dominique’s strong passion for THON is a reminder of why we THON. As she wrote in her Twitter bio, “I live for THON and because of THON.” She will be remembered for her strength and commitment to fighting cancer. Our deepest condolences go out to the Bigler family.
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