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Shane C. Lauer, athlete and artist, dies

Shane C. Lauer, athlete and artist, dies

Shane C. Lauer, who despite having Duchenne muscular dystrophy competed in races and triathlons aided by the group Athletes Serving Athletes, died May 8 of complications from the disease at his guardian's home in the Phoenix area of Baltimore County.

He was 24.

"Shane was an inspiration beyond words," said David Slomkowski, who founded Athletes Serving Athletes in 2008 and is the organization's executive director. "He was such an incredible person.

"I'm human, so I complain. But my kids are healthy, I have a roof over my head and food on the table, but when you had time to be around Shane, you left feeling uplifted," said Mr. Slomkowski, who...

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