POTTSTOWN PA – More than 70 runners and walkers were registered Saturday (Oct. 19, 2013) for the first Damon’s Cause 5-K race to benefit research into Sudden Unexpected Death In Epilepsy (SUDEP). The event honored popular Pottsgrove High School graduate and high-jumper Damon Carter, who died in 2012 of unknown complications from his epilepsy.
Organizers were delighted with the turnout, which included several teams and many friends of both Damon and his family, who were well-known in Pottsgrove sports. School district Athletic Director Gary DeRenzo, whom family members credited with helping launch the run, called it “a very successful start.”
Although early morning preparations were chilly, the sun warmed the day and brightened the spirits of those who began the event on the track in the stadium behind the high school on School Lane. The Post has a slideshow of 13 photos from the run, above.
Carter family members cheered on participants, and joined the walk themselves, as it got under way promptly at 10:15 a.m. The crowd observed a moment of silence in Damon’s memory, then eagerly awaited the start, and were off at a brisk pace.
- Results from the race are available, here.
- Read more about Damon’s struggles with epilepsy, and the family’s response to its adversity by creating Damon’s Cause, in an Oct. 14 Pottstown Mercury article by reporter Rosemarie Ross, here.
- Runners remember Damon Carter at Damon’s Cause 5K Run (The Mercury)