Since 2017, I have had the honor and privilege of being a member of the Cameron K. Gallagher SpeakUp Race Team. There are no words to describe how much it has meant to me to be able to spread Cameron's message and race with a purpose that extends beyond each finish line. I will be 46 years old on July 28th. In honor of Cameron and her legacy I am creating for myself a special triathlon event, where I will swim one mile, bike 40 miles, and run 5 miles for a total of 46 miles. I am asking my dear friends and family to "sponsor" me for $10 a mile so that I can donate the proceeds to the CKG Foundation and the Race Team. My goal is to actually do the event sometime in August, and I will ask someone to Sherpa me and take photos/video so that you can see me racing with purpose. I plan to swim at the Goochland YMCA, and then bike and run on well-established routes in the county. Anyone is welcome to join me.
I figured the easiest way to do this is to provide a link to a Google doc where sponsors can write in their name beside one of the miles after their donation:
The CKG Foundation and I thank you so much for your support. With your support we can make a difference in the lives of those touched by anxiety and depression. For those unfamiliar with the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, Cameron Gallagher was a bright and talented teenager. Although ever-smiling, she faced her own personal battles with depression and anxiety. She began to grow weary of keeping her struggles a private battle, and knew that there were many teens just like her who were in great pain behind closed doors. Her dream was to create a 5k race in her community to raise awareness of teenage depression. She began making plans for the race, and titled the race the SpeakUp5k in order to draw attention to the issue of teen depression. She wanted to let other teens like herself know that it was okay to “SpeakUp” about their personal battles. During this time, Cameron also set a personal goal for herself and began training for the Shamrock Half Marathon. On March 16, 2014, sixteen-year-old Cameron completed her goal of finishing the race, and passed away suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition after crossing the finish line. As her family discovered more and more of Cameron’s plans for the 5k, her family fulfilled her dream by holding the first race in her honor. Over 10,000 people participated in the May 2014 launch party, and 3,500 participated in the inaugural 5k race in Richmond in September 2014. Since then, the SpeakUp5k race series has expanded, and Cameron’s message has spread across the nation.