16 Year Old Girl Dies Just Moment After Finishing Marathon [Video][Photo]
Cameron Gallagher collapsed a few yards after the finish line at Virginia Beach’s Shamrock Half Marathon on Sunday. The Richmond teen was planning a 5K for suicide awareness before she died. Friends say they will now run the ‘Speaking Up 5K’ in her honor.
Our sincerest condolences goes out to the loved ones of Cameron.
NY Daily News reports; She fought the good fight and finished her race. A Virginia teen died on Sunday, moments after accomplishing her goal of running a 13.1 mile race.
Cameron Gallagher crumpled to the ground at 9:30 a.m. after crossing the finish line at Virginia Beach’s Shamrock Half Marathon. The Richmond girl was rushed to a local hospital, but doctors were unable to revive her heartbeat. She passed away at 11. a.m. Family members who came out to cheer for the 16-year-old girl are now coming to terms with the fact that her young life was cut so short.
‘It was her time to go,” dad David Gallagher told WTVR. “Her last act of life was an accomplishment.”
Cameron was a sophomore at Douglas Freeman High School. She was an active teen who won awards for competitive swimming. She had trained for the half marathon for nine weeks with her best friend Abby Donelson.
The pair completed Sunday’s race side-by-side. Cameron’s parents said their daughter looked excited at mile three. But by mile 10, she was noticeably tired. When she crossed the finish line after 2 hours and 19 minutes, Cameron was all smiles. But 50 yards later, her health began to deteriorate.
“I went to hug her,” Donelson says. “We were walking away with our arms around each other and she said like ‘I’m going to pass out.’ And then she just kind of went down.” Fellow runner Kelly Gdovic noticed the commotion.
“People were yelling to clear a hole and they were just literally running with her,” Gdovic told WAVY. “She appeared to be still unconscious on the stretcher and they were just running.” A cause of death has not been released, but the teen’s parents told media that the death may have been due to a cardiac arrest.
“Grace and I were given a gift to be with her during her accomplishment and we were with her in end,” David said in a statement. “Please use Cameron’s story as an inspiration to set goals, overcome obstacles and fight the good fight. She did that every day.”
Before her death, Cameron had been organizing a 5K to promote awareness about suicide. Friends say that the teen’s “Speaking Up 5K” will continue in Cameron’s memory.
Source: NY Daily News