LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3) – Ten years after a Louisville mom’s son died of a heat related illness, she says the heartbreak doesn’t get any easier. That’s why she’s dedicated her life to making sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.
Michele Crockett’s son Max Gilpin died in the hospital after collapsing at football practice in 2008.
"His organs started to shut down and that’s what happened over the course of three days," said Crockett.
Gilpin was just 15-years-old. He attended Pleasure Ridge Park High School.
Erica Janes with Norton Children’s Hospital says since Max’s death, she hasn’t seen similar cases locally. She says a group has been started to keep kids more aware of staying hydrated.
"But it can always happen tomorrow so we want to make sure we don’t let our guards down," said Janes.
Crockett’s mission has been education and trying to make a positive impact on the community.
Crockett along with Norton Children’s has organized a run in honor of Max. The 5K has grown into the Splash ‘N Dash.
We are doing something positive and getting the word out and so hopefully no other family or child has to go through this," said Crockett.
Crockett wants to continue to spread the message of the importance of staying hydrated and keeping cool.
"It’s been such a help for my personal grief," said Crockett.
Shortly after Max’s death, his coach was charged with wanton endangerment and reckless homicide, but was found not guilty.