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Thousands attend Speak Up 5k at Byrd Park

Posted at 11:18 PM, Sep 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-07 12:31:30-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Cameron Gallagher had a vision to one day have her own race to encourage others to speak up about depression.

"Cameron had all the plans together, the organization of it," said her father, David Gallagher.

The teen died earlier this year while running a half-marathon in Virginia Beach. Since her death, family and friends have come together to help fulfill Cameron's goal.

Thousands came out to Byrd Park in Richmond Saturday for the first ever Speak Up 5k.

"Cameron was the most positive person to ever breathe air," said David Gallagher. "Everything she did she did for other people and that's the whole essence of this organization and this race."

Cameron's family said this race is just one of many things planned for the SpeakUp organization.

"It's just the beginning of what we're going to do and I think the world is going to hear Cameron's voice," said Cameron's mother, Grace Gallagher.

INTERVIEW: Weekend run honors Cameron Gallagher’s memory