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Huge outpouring of support for high school runner who died in Charlotte Sunday

Union Pines High senior Samantha Davis passed away Saturday after collapsing at a cross-country meet at Charlotte’s McAlpine Park
Union Pines High senior Samantha Davis passed away Saturday after collapsing at a cross-country meet at Charlotte’s McAlpine Park

A gofundme account to support a 17-year-old cross-country runner who died in Charlotte Sunday has exceeded expectations.

Supporters for Samantha Davis had hoped to raise $2,000. In one day, the account has raised more than $12,000.

Davis, who ran for Union Pines High School, collapsed at the Hares & Hounds meet at McAlpine Creek Park. She had an apparent seizure and went into cardiac arrest.

Davis was rushed to the Novant Presbyterian Medical Center after receiving treatment by a medical team on site. She died shortly after midnight, according to a report in the Southern Pines Pilot. Union Pines High School in Cameron, N.C., is about a two-hour drive east of Charlotte.

The Southern Pines newspaper also reported that Davis suffered a softball-related injury two years ago that resulted in seizures and a diagnosis of epilepsy. The teen had been seizure-free more recently, the newspaper reported.

Here is a link to the GoFundMe account established to aid her family.

The hasthag #SamanthaStrong was briefly trending on social media Sunday.

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