MECHANICSVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — A local builder is bringing home the memory of a Henrico teenager.
CraftMaster Homes created a Cameron home in honor of 16-year-old Cameron Gallagher. The Freeman High School student died in March of 2014 while running the Shamrock Half Marathon. Cameron had an undiagnosed heart condition and died of sudden cardiac arrest.
“We thought there’s so many more people that we could tell her story … just through using the platform that we have,” says CraftMaster Homes president Jeff Tunstall.
He and his wife say the homes are a way to give back to a cause they’re passionate about, the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation.
They’ve dedicated the design to Cameron’s memory, decorating the model home with some of the teen’s things, like a swim trophy, her artwork and one accent they didn’t even know was pure Cameron.
“Come to find out that she had loved dragonflies and we had used a pillow and some fabrics and also there’s a big wood[en] dragonfly and we had no idea,” Tunstall said. “So that was put in our minds by someone more powerful than we are.”
They’re building Cameron’s legacy in two Richmond area neighborhoods: The Villages at Cool Spring in Mechanicsville and Magnolia Green’s Stafford Park in Moseley.
Every time one of the homes goes up, someone new hears Cameron’s story.
“I think about how every time a family walks through the entrance way of a Cameron house, I don’t know, I just feel like shes watching over them and she’s going to kind of protect them a little bit. And if they do go through a hard time, they are surrounded by hope and inspiration,” adds Cameron’s mother, Grace Gallagher.
So far, 20 homes have sold. In turn, the builder donated $50,000 to the teen’s foundation.
They hope sharing Cameron’s story will inspire others.
“Everyone has a talent and everyone has a purpose and I think we’re all called to do some[thing] with that so that we can help each other,” says Gallagher.
More information on the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation