Boy, 14, dies after suffering cardiac arrest while running a 5K at school

A 14-year-old Florida student tragically passed away following a cardiac arrest after participating in a 5K race organized by his school's Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program.
Knox MacEwen, who attended Western High School in Davie, Florida, was rushed to Memorial Hospital Miramar post-race on Saturday but was later pronounced dead, as reported by NBC Miami.

The loss of this young life has left the community in profound sorrow.
School principal Jimmy Arrojo reached out with a poignant message, stating, "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.”

He expressed his condolences to Knox's family, friends, and acquaintances, recognizing the teen's significance in their lives.

Arrojo urged the school community to "rally around the family in prayer and support during this time of deep sorrow" and informed that grief counselors would be available on campus for those grappling with the loss.
Remembered as a "revered member of his local community," Knox's GoFundMe page, established to support his family, highlights his dedication as a JROTC student, a volunteer in the kids' ministry at his church, and his roles as a loving brother, son, grandson, nephew, and friend.

This fundraising effort has already garnered over $67,039, reflecting the community's support in the wake of this tragedy.
Lauren Milam, who started the GoFundMe, emphasized the family's dire need for support, stating, "This family has been through the unimaginable, as this has happened as Knox’s mom, Julie, is still physically and financially recovering from a hard-fought battle with cancer this last year,” revealing the compounded difficulties faced by the MacEwen family.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a critical medical emergency where the heart abruptly stops beating due to an electrical disturbance. The Mayo Clinic outlines this condition as one that ceases blood flow and can be fatal without immediate action, such as CPR, to maintain circulation until emergency medical services can take over.

The American Heart Association notes that over 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States, with varied symptoms ranging from chest discomfort and shortness of breath to heart palpitations.

Knox's untimely death is a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of community support in times of sorrow. His memory is honored by the countless lives he touched, and his legacy continues through the contributions made in his name, aiding his family during their period of immense grief.

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