A mile in honor of Meadowdale student who died

Sep 25, 2013
Courtesy of: Julie Bogart Kamiak students hosted a run in honor of a Meadowdale student who died.

About 100 Kamiak High School students and their parents ran a mile on Saturday around the Harbour Pointe Middle School track in honor of a Meadowdale High School student who died unexpectedly Friday during a P.E. class.

An autopsy revealed that Matthew Truax had an enlarged heart. He suffered sudden cardiac arrest and collapsed while jogging on the track with his class. Teachers immediately began CPR on the 16-year-old junior, and called 911 just before 10 a.m.

Paramedics and doctors tried to save him, but they were unable to get his heart going again.

“To commemorate his passing, a large number of Kamiak students and many people from the community met at the Harbour Pointe Middle School track, and ran a mile,” wrote Kamiak student Timothy Dille. “The activity that eventually was the cause of his death.”

Kamiak seniors Aaron Dibble and Jenny Ahn organized the Mile for Matthew run on Sept. 21. Runners all wore green tape on their left arm in his memory – the left arm is closest to the heart.

"The reason was to signify that what we where doing was coming from our hearts," Dille wrote. "It wasn't a 'just because' kind of thing. What we did cane straight from our hearts, and went all the way to those who where affected."

Students from Snohomish High School, ACES High School and Shorecrest High School also ran the Mile for Matthew.

Most of the students who ran at the event didn’t know Truax personally, but wanted to honor him.

A video covering the event will be sent to Meadowdale.

-Sara Bruestle

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