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24 hours of running for a worthy cause

Posted Apr 22 2010 9:34am

Megan Myers was a 14-year-old freshman at Dana Hills High School when she collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest while running a cross-country race in September 2007. Megan died about an hour later at a hospital from what medical examiners later determined was inflammation of a heart muscle, most likely caused by a virus.

I wrote about Megan for the Orange County Register and her story has stuck with me, as a parent and a runner.

The Megan Myers Memorial Fund raises money to help keep such a tragedy from happening to anyone else. The non-profit uses the money to buy automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and donate the potentially life-saving devices to schools. AEDs are toolbox-size devices meant to be used when a person goes into cardiac arrest. They send bursts of electricity to restart hearts that are quivering instead of pumping. The devices, often used in conjunction with CPR, can save lives before emergency crews arrive.

Continuing a tradition I started last year, I will be running for 24 hours straight on a 1-mile loop to raise money for the Megan Myers Memorial Fund. This is strictly a personal endeavor as part of my involvement in the Nanny Goat 24-Hour race in Riverside on May 29-30. Click here for race details.

If anyone is interested in donating money to this great cause, please send a check to
Megan Myers Memorial Fund
32565B Golden Lantern #123
Dana Point, CA 92629

All donations are 100-percent tax deductible.

To learn more about AEDs and sudden cardiac arrest in youth, check out these web sites
www.parentheartwatch.org

www.sads.org

And to learn more about Megan, check out her website here


Me at last year's Nanny Goat -- it got warm!
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