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Boone PA students raise depression awareness

On a beautiful August morning, Boone Class of 2017 PA students Brianna Blossfield, Jenna Gilmour, Catherine McLean, Katherine Ness, Elise Rosenow, and Caroline Thoreson ran the SpeakUp 5k on Boone’s Greenway.

SpeakUp 5k is designed to honor 16-year-old Cameron Gallagher, who died from an undiagnosed heart condition away after running a half marathon. Before her death, Cameron worked to fight the stigma of teenage depression. SpeakUp 5k continues her work. For more information, visit

Brianna Blossfield, Committee Head of Student Health and Wellness, organized Wake Forest student involvement. After completing the race, Brianna commented, “It was very motivating to be running to raise awareness for teen depression and in support of Cameron and her story. All along the run were encouraging messages about pushing forward and loving yourself. It was all very well done. It was definitely an inspirational story and a wonderful day!” [written by Jennifer Kole, Class of 2017]


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