BENEFITING: The Cameron K Gallagher Foundation
EVENT: CKG Shamrock Race Team 2016
EVENT DATE: Mar 20, 2016
Late 2015, I got into running as a bucket list type thing, run a half marathon, check! Little did I know how much it would impact my life, mentally, physically and spiritually. It became my "me time" to be with my thoughts and away from the daily routine and reset my focus for the day ahead.
When I heard about Cameron's story from people who knew her and were there at the Shamrock 2014 and witnessed her finish and then not make it home, it really hit me. To hear that she was suffering from mental illness at such a young age, just as I did, and wanting to do something about it, it really inspired me to "SPEAK UP." As someone who not only suffers from depression and anxiety but also have it run in my family, we need to make people aware of how mental illness, not only affects the person who has it but the people around them. It has become a silent killer because people don't want to SPEAK UP about it. Cameron's goal is to get the word out that we CAN talk about mental illness and it's nothing to be ashamed of and I want to contribute in any way I can. :)