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Paralyzed cyclist, champion against cancer, dies at 54

Original post made on Feb 1, 2013

Lawrence Viariseo, who survived a fall off a 100-foot Sierra cliff, triumphed over bladder cancer and became an avid bicyclist despite being paralyzed, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, of cancer. ==B Related material:==
• [Web Link Feature story: A measure of his heart]
• [Web Link Video: A canvas made of concrete]

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 1, 2013, 4:46 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by Mimm, a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

So very sad to read this. He was a wonderful, generous man and talented artist. I had the pleasure of sitting for him as an artist's model many times. He will be missed very much by his friends and family and indeed those of us who did not know him that well but for whom he always had a smile.

Posted by Mirvat, a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm

what a sad loss, he was such a nice man always smiling he will be missed.

Posted by emily smith, a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 2, 2013 at 9:14 am

So sad to hear about Lawrence. I had talked with him many times at Peet's, about coffee, dogs, and bikes. Such a kind man. He will be missed around Palo Alto.

Posted by Elsa Wilkes, a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm

A true champion with a heart as big as the out doors. I'll always remember his smile.

Posted by Sven, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Feb 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Lawrence was a true hero...unlike Lance Armstrong. May Lawrence rest in peace. He will be missed.

Posted by Tracy, a resident of another community
on Feb 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

I knew Lawrence for many years and worked with him often as a model. I've missed him for several years already as he had to step back from his drawing groups to care for himself. I will continue to miss his presence and influence within the greater drawing community but will always remember him as an individual with one of the most positive outlooks toward life that I have ever known. There will remain a place in my heart for Lawrence forever.

Posted by mmmmMom, a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm

It was with very great sadness that I learned of Lawrence's passing. Lawrence was a rare spirit indeed - a very aware & perceptive man. He faced the many, many difficult challenges he had in life with great courage, humility, humor and nobility. I delighted in our many conversations at Peet's, & around town. My entire family sends deep & sincere condolences to Lawrence's family & loved ones. We will never forget Lawrence.

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