How Cameron Gallagher’s tragic death could save the lives of countless others

Cameron would take stand. She was the architect of the Speak Up 5K, an effort to spread awareness about teens and mental illness. But Cameron would never see her plan hatched. The teen collapsed and died moments after finishing a road race in Virginia Beach in March 2014.

"It is sad and tragic," Grace Gallagher said. "Just because she is not here on this earth doesn’t mean we do not love her."

Shortly after her funeral, Cameron’s family discovered her 5K plan and put it to pavement.

"It was as if destiny was created. It was a surreal moment. It was a spiritual moment," David Gallagher said. "It was the greatest gift Cameron could have given us in her loss which is the gift of purpose."

The fundraiser at Byrd Park, in its second year, helps combat the silent enemy Cameron lived with.

Julie Basinski