When 16-year-old Cameron Gallagher crossed the finish line of her first half marathon, it was a proud moment she had trained for months to accomplish. But moments after completing the 13.1-mile run, the Virginia teen’s victory turned to tragedy as she collapsed near the finish line and later died at a Virginia Beach hospital.
Though devastated, Cameron’s dad says that he is comforted knowing that his daughter died surrounded by family and friends and doing what she loved.
“Her friends, her family and the entire Virginia Beach community was out there with her celebrating,” David Gallagher said. “I can’t imagine a better way to feel in the last moments of a lifetime…to feel accomplishments and set a goal.”
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