January 29, 2005

Lawrence Rubida '05 Succumbs To Cancer At Age 23

Jan. 29, 2005

Providence, RI - Lawrence Rubida will be remembered for the way he lived. For how he attacked the final battle for his life to overcome Ewing's Sarcoma cancer with the same zest and zeal that he played football for Brown.

The Brown community is deeply saddened by the death of Brown football tri-captain Lawrence Rubida, Class of 2005, after a 9-month battle with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of childhood bone cancer.

Rubida passed away at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning (1-29-05) at the Halquist Memorial Hospice near his home in Arlington, Virginia. Rubida's mom and dad, his sister, his girlfriend, Kim Highlund, Bears' coach Phil Estes and assistant coach Frank Sheehan were present at his death.

Rubida's indomitable spirit in battling cancer energized the Brown community, his Ivy League brethren, and cancer survivors throughout the country in a fundraising effort to help defray Rubida's medical costs and to increase awareness for Ewing's Sarcoma. Brown student-athletes purchased bracelets in support of Lawrence with the words, "Never Quit" engraved on them, signifying his brave approach in fighting the disease.

Rubida had been undergoing treatment at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. He returned home to Arlington a short time ago after his treatments had been discontinued.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 5, at 5:00 pm at the Memorial Baptist Church, 3455 North Glebe Road. Arlington, VA 22207. Phone: 703/538-7000. All will be invited to a reception following the funeral.

Details for a memorial service on the Brown campus will be announced shortly.