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‘Her last act of life was an accomplishment,’ family honoring the memory of 16-year-old athlete

Courtesy: Gallagher family via WTVR

Courtesy: Gallagher family via WTVR

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTVR) – A family of a 16-year-old girl is now remembering the life she led and is planning her funeral after she died at the finish line of her first half-marathon.

Cameron Gallagher was a competitive swimmer who decided to test herself and take on the challenge of running the Shamrock Half Marathon.

David Gallagher, Cameron’s father, said, “Her mission was to enjoy the race and accomplish something and spread that cheer on to other people.”

Gallagher’s family told WTVR that Cameron trained for weeks with a friend and seemed to be in good spirits throughout the race.

Toward the end of the marathon, her family says Cameron was noticeably tired but no one could imagine what happened at the finish line.

Cameron crossed the finish line, hugged her running buddy and then collapsed.

Gallagher said, “A team of doctors tried everything they could to try and get her heart going again. Her heart had stopped and they just could not get it going back again.”

He added, “It was her time to go. Her last act of life was an accomplishment.”

Cameron’s cause of death is yet to be determined.