he was a statuesque teen, blond, classically beautiful, athletic, outgoing, funny, popular, razor sharp, compassionate, artistic, creative, so very much alive.
Sometimes, she couldn’t get out of bed at her home in Richmond, Va. She’d pull out of school — or skip it altogether — if things were crashing. She couldn’t hold a job. She wallowed in deep pits of sadness.
Nearly three years ago, at age 16, she died in her parents’ arms shortly after finishing a half-marathon, leaving behind a grieving family, a devastated community, so many unanswered questions — and a cause.....
As a teenager, Cameron Gallagher suffered from severe depression and anxiety and discovered that running made her feel better. For years Cameron dreamed of creating a 5k race in her community to help raise awareness about teenage depression.....
The day after we lost her, I began running… differently than before. I used that time to spend with her, talk to her, feel her presence. I would run farther and farther, at times for many hours, relatively uncertain for how far I had gone. I run in HOKA shoes because they are part of that experience. If I feel good physically, I can take and give to the day before me. I can be inspired, and I can share inspiration to those that need Cameron.
Before Cameron Gallagher died tragically at age 16, collapsing from an undiagnosed heart condition as she finished a half marathon in Virginia Beach in 2014, the Richmond-area teen used to scribble her feelings and emotions on paper.
Triathlon continues to be a mode of healing and activism for the Gallaghers. This weekend, 15 members of Team SpeakUp, including Cameron’s parents, aunt, and uncle, will race the iconic Challenge Roth in Cameron’s honor. In addition to telling Cameron’s story at the event’s pre-race meal, the team will be handing out SpeakUp bracelets to participants.
Morgan’s Girl Power Grants organization has donated its first $10,000 — to the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation to honor Gallagher, a 16-year-old who died of an undiagnosed heart condition shortly after crossing the finish line at the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach two years ago.
Grace and David Gallagher received a Carol Fox Making Kids Count award at the Bolling Haxall house Wednesday, October 7, 2015. The couple, who founded an organization honoring their daughter Cameron who died after finishing a half marathon, were recognized for their work in raising awareness to adolescent depression.
Dominion Payroll Services’ CEO Dave Gallagher and his wife Grace received the Carol S. Fox Making Kids Count Award from the Voices for Virginia Children for their work to end the stigma of adolescent depression and anxiety with the Cameron K. Gallagher Memorial Foundation
Monday marked one year since a Henrico teen died after running the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach. Cameron Gallagher, 16, had just finished running 13.1 miles when she collapsed at the finish line.
Grace and David Gallagher sport their SpeakUp5k T-shirts for Richmond’s 2015 Monument Avenue 10K. SpeakUp5k is a series of events inspired by their daughter, Cameron, and designed to raise awareness of teenage anxiety and depression. The SpeakUp5k is coming to Richmond Sept. 12. Learn more at SpeakUp5k.com.
It's a dream come true for a Henrico family, with thousands running in Byrd Park to fight the stigma of depression. It's a race that 16-year-old Cameron Gallagher planned by herself, just months before she lost her own life.