A Florida adolescent died after collapsing during a high school 5K race.
Knox MacEwen, 14, was a part of his Western High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program.
The teen took part in the program’s 5K run on Saturday. But following the race, he went into cardiac arrest. He was taken to Memorial Hospital Miramar and later confirmed dead.
“I am saddened to share tragic news impacting our Wildcat community. One of our JROTC students passed away this morning after being transported to the hospital,” Jimmy Arrojo, the school’s principal, stated in a statement to students, families, and staff. I want to offer my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, teachers, and classmates as they mourn this great loss.”
“I ask our Wildcat community to rally around the family in prayer and support during this time of deep sorrow,” he concluded. Please be aware that grief counselors will be on campus this week to speak with anyone who requires assistance or support.”
Loved ones of MacEwen said on a GoFundMe page set up for the family that he “was a revered member of his local community — a JROTC student, a volunteer with the kids ministry at his home church; and he was a beloved brother, son, grandson, nephew, and friend.”
The account has already raised more than $56,000 to assist the family.
“This family has been through the unimaginable, as this has happened while Knox’s mom, Julie, is still physically and financially recovering from a hard fought battle with cancer last year,” said Lauren Milam, who set up the GoFundMe on their behalf. “Any gifts will go directly to the MacEwen family, and are deeply appreciated.”
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