Dear NNPDF Families and Friends,
It is with profound heartbreak that we inform our NPD community that Bryce Bigler (Age 2, NPA) beloved son of Cortney Showalter & Matthew Bigler, lost his battle with Niemann-Pick Disease type A. This courageous little boy passed away surrounded by love and family at home on October 19th, 2014.
Bryce’s family shared that he was a loving, happy, precious baby boy whose smile could light up a room. At his tender age of two years, Bryce was wise beyond his years, and didn't want to be treated differently because of his disease.
His love and passion for fire trucks offered him so many wonderful opportunities to reach out past his family and connect with Fire departments in his community. Little Bryce was bestowed, by several local fire departments, with the honorary titles of Chief, Lieutenant and Paramedic.
While all of our hearts are broken for Bryce and his family for his short time on this earth, we also stand in awe of all this “little man” accomplished in the time he was given. He is an inspiration to all who knew, loved and would ultimately come to love him at first meeting and be pulled in deeper with a flash of his happy grin!
The NNPDF would like to extend our thoughts and hearts out to Bryce's family at this time. When times seem their very darkest, sometimes all it takes to find the calm after the storm is a guiding hand and a comforting shoulder to lean on.
If you would like to read Bryce's beautifully written on-line obituary, visit the NNPDF Newsline web page: http://www.nnpdf.org/NewsLinePage.html#Bryce