On March 16, 2014, my niece, Cameron K Gallagher, crossed the finish line of both the Shamrock Half Marathon and her life here on earth. On that same day, the CKG Foundation/SpeakUp 5k was realized. Cameron courageously battled teenage depression and anxiety. She was confused as to why there was a negative stigma attached to depression. Why couldn't she openly talk about her condition without others judging her? This point hit home to me. Everybody has been affected by depression and anxiety, either personally or you know somebody affected. We would all do anything we could to help them, but how can you help if you dont know somebody is fighting that battle? If you have a broken leg, everybody sees your cast, and wishes you well. If you have cancer, everybody prays at your side and supports you through it. Why cant those who are suffering with depression and anxiety be treated the same way? The good news is, they CAN, and they WILL. Through the CKG Foundation, Cameron's mission lives on, and is doing amazing things in the community. They are already reaching out to countless teens to act as a resource. They are building a curriculum to go directly into the SCHOOLS to raise awareness! This is no small task, it is quite the undertaking. Accordingly, I have been challenged by David Gallagher, to join the SpeakUp Race Team in Roth, Germany, July 17, 2016 to compete in the Challenge Roth 140.6 Triathlon. Coming from being completely out of shape and way overweight just one year ago, this is quite a challenge itself. I have been training 7 days a week for the past three months, and will continue to do so until race day. Not just to complete this race, but to carry on a mission with strength, passion and love. I am carrying Cameron's mission to tell the world: IT'S NOT OK THAT IT'S NOT OK for teens to talk about the struggles they are having with depression and anxiety. As an adult, it is my responsibility to leave this world a better place for those younger than me. It is all of our responsibility. Help me take this mission worldwide. Challenge Roth has graciously offered the SpeakUp Race Team entry slots into the most coveted triathlon in the world, with a challenge that each member raise $5,000 for their selected charity. This $5k is NOT covering my travel expenses. This is not for me to go see Europe. This money goes directly to the CKG Foundation. This money will directly combat the negative stigma associated with depression and anxiety. This money will DIRECTLY AFFECT TEENAGERS. Any donation, large or small, is truly appreciated. And know this, while I am tackling this 140.6 mile triathlon, I will carry you in my mind, knowing that not only do I owe it to Cameron to finish this, I also owe it to you. Help hold me accountable. Thank you, and LET'S FINISH THIS!