HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The search is on to find whoever stole something vital to a Henrico non-profit group's good work.
On Facebook, Grace Gallagher of the "Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation" says a thief stole the group's trailer from their parking lot.
"Finally it sunk in, oh my gosh this trailer was stolen, and of course, my heart sank a little bit," explained Grace Gallagher.
You'll find words of encouragement on the trailer as it may pass by on the road, or sit parked.
"You got something really special," said Gallagher.
The Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation was started by a family dedicated to encouraging the community. The organization raises awareness and offers support and understanding for teenage depression and anxiety.
It is all done to honor the life of a 16-year-old who used running to help in her own struggles, but she was also dedicated to reaching out to others. Cameron passed away suddenly from a heart condition after finishing a half marathon in 2014.
It was always her dream to help others by creating a 5K, which continues throughout the country today. The SpeakUp 5K trailer became part of the everyday mission, and when it was stolen, it had the start and finish line of the race inside.
"If I try to be true to the mission we have here at CKG, you have to remember it's not about the trailer," said Gallagher. "It's about the message, and the message isn't gone."
Even in their own frustration, the focus is staying on the community, and facing the setback with a perspective shift.
"I'm human, I was very disappointed and yes I got angry, but part of the work we do, and what we teach children, is stress is going to happen in your life, what you can control is your relationship to that stress," she said.
Gallagher posted a message to whoever stole the trailer on Facebook:
As hundreds continue to share the post, and police search for a thief, Gallagher knows Cameron's legacy will continue to shine.
"I guarantee something changed inside of them when they were driving that - you can't help it. It's a magical trailer, and it's got something good inside," she said. "I know somehow Cameron is giving them a wink of something good."
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