(WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.) — Josh Rominger lost his fight with cancer Wednesday morning at Brenner Children’s Hospital, but not before inspiring an entire community.
Since being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that attacked his soft tissues 16 months ago, the story of the Davie High School senior has been one of strength, perseverance and courage.
He underwent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatments. The disease took one lung and his left leg from the knee down, but he never let it take his positive attitude, said Doug Illing, the school’s head football coach.
“He was just a warrior,” said Illing, who worked closely with Josh’s father, Mike Rominger, an assistant football coach. “All I can picture is a huge shield and battle weapons because he was coming to war every day fighting this thing. But he always had a smile on his face.”
Principal Jinda Haynes said in an email that she was notified of Josh’s death Wednesday morning. She made an announcement to students later that day. Haynes said counselors were available and will continue to be available as needed.
A student-led prayer vigil in Josh’s honor was held immediately after school.
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