Second annual Speak Up 5K raises awareness about teen depression, anxiety

Posted at 12:48 PM, Sep 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-13 12:48:31-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The second annual Speak Up 5K took part in Richmond Saturday in memory of a teenager from Henrico who died in 2014 after completing a race.

Cameron Gallagher died suddenly after competing in a half marathon in Virginia Beach from an undiagnosed heart condition. She also had been fighting depression.

Cameron's father, David Gallagher, said his daughter had come up with the idea for a 5K idea to raise awareness about teen anxiety and depression before she died.

The annual run aims to remind teens battling depression that help is available.

"Feeling her legacy is something I am extraordinarily proud about. After losing Cameron, there is a tremendous amount of grief, but that's been balanced by what she had done here -- even after we have lost her which is something magnificent," David Gallagher said.


Several WTVR CBS 6 staffers, including anchors Bill Fitzgerald, Candance Burns and traffic reporter Raymond Hawks, took part in the event.