Friends, family and coaches recall Austin Lacy’s determination

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Friends, family and coaches recall Austin Lacy’s determination

By Thomas Himes, Staff Writer Posted:06/03/2011 09:18:03 PM PDT

A standout football player and senior at Pasadena High School died Friday after a yearlong battle with a rare illness that baffled his doctors.

Austin Lacy fought the illness until the very end, surviving cardiac arrest twice over the past several days.

But at 11:12 a.m. Friday, in a Maryland hospital, his family members told doctors to disconnect the life support system that had kept air flowing to his lungs since Tuesday, said his mother, Karen Rogers.

“We had to make the decision,” Rogers said. “We didn’t want him to suffer anymore.”

The underlying cause of Lacy’s death was a rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

The aggressive disease is most common among industrial workers who inhaled asbestos – a mineral used in building material that was outlawed in the late 1970s.

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