South Lyon parents who lost son to mental illness push for awareness, education in schools
Frank and Claire Domanico lost their son Eric to suicide when he was 19 years old. As they struggle through a year of firsts without him, they are pushing for a change in the education system to raise mental health awareness.
Musicians around the world perform to honor South Lyon musician lost to suicide
SOUTH LYON, Mich. – World-class saxophonist Eric Domanico would have turned 20 years old on Monday, but he unfortunately lost his battle with mental illness over the summer. Musicians across the globe are honoring the South Lyon teen while bringing awareness to depression among the youth. The childhood photos of Eric Domanico are like any other families’ -- birthday parties, playing outside, friends, family and just being a kid. To honor Eric’s memory, 40 saxophonists from around the world came together to perform with Eric in a virtual tribute. “I was with my sister-in-law when we played it,” said Claire Domanico, Eric’s mother.
Family, community stunned over South Lyon high school swimming coach’s sudden death
SOUTH LYON, Mich. – A young swimming coach from South Lyon East High School died suddenly over the weekend. Kacie Van Buskirk was a swimming and academic all-American and left South Lyon East High School with half a dozen records. Kacie Van Buskirk married the love of her life in August. First, as a record-breaking, award-winning athlete for the South Lyon East Cougars and then as an assistant coach for her high school swim team. On Saturday, Kacie Van Buskirk and her husband spent the evening with her parents.