14-year-old boy dies of cardiac arrest while running a 5K in heartbreaking death

The world is deeply affected by the most tragic occurrences, and nothing is more heartbreaking than the untimely death of a young individual. The circumstances surrounding such a loss intensify the sorrow. Continue reading to delve into the details of this poignant story.

Law enforcement recently disclosed distressing news about the unexpected passing of a teenager. The tragic incident unfolded during the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) 5K at Everglades High School in Miramar, Florida.

Jimmy Arrojo, the principal of Western High School, conveyed a statement expressing his sadness, 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. I want to offer my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, teachers, and classmates as they mourn this great loss.”

He urged the Wildcat community to unite in prayer and support for the grieving family during this period of profound sorrow.

While the identity of the young boy has not been officially disclosed, a GoFundMe page has been established for a student identified as Knox MacEwen.

“On November 4th, 2023, the MacEwen family suddenly and tragically lost their beloved 14-year-old son, Knox,” stated the description of the GoFundMe page. “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 GoFundMe page also revealed that Knox’s mother had battled cancer the previous year.

As of Tuesday morning, the fundraising account had already surpassed $67,000, well exceeding the initial goal of $30,000.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a rare occurrence in young individuals, with only about 200 adolescents succumbing to the condition each year in the United States, according to Mayo Clinic statistics.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines symptoms of cardiac arrest, including collapsing, fainting, struggling to breathe, becoming unresponsive, or having no pulse. In such situations, it is crucial to alert emergency services and seek immediate medical attention for the individual.

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