CKG Shamrock Race Team 2016
EVENT DATE: Mar 20, 2016
DEADLINE TO GIVE: Mar 25, 2015
On March 16, 2014 at the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, sixteen-year-old Cameron K. Gallagher passed away from an undiagnosed heart condition as she crossed the finish line. On that day Cameron struggled to finish a race that she had set as a personal goal for herself—and was victorious. But that was not the only hard fight that Cameron fought. Cameron suffered from severe depression and anxiety for several years. Cameron was growing tired of keeping her struggle a private battle. She knew that like her, many teens were in great pain behind closed doors. As she trained for the half marathon, she took it upon herself to address the misplaced stigma held by so many about teenage depression. Her dream was to create a 5k race to help raise awareness of teen depression. She titled that race the SpeakUp5k to draw attention to the issue of teen depression and to let other teens like herself know that it was okay to “SpeakUp” about their personal battles.
In 2016, we will return to Virginia Beach to run the Shamrock Half Marathon together in Cameron's honor. Each race team member will pledge to donate $131.00 to the CKG Foundation to help continue to spread her vision. Proceeds from this event will help fund peer-to-peer programs for students to increase education, awareness and to help end the stigma associated with teen depression and anxiety. Programs will kick-off in February 2016.