The race beneficiary of this year’s run is #runforDylan. After losing their 17 year old son due to an undetected heart condition in the Summer of 2020, the parents of Dylan Dorrell created the local nonprofit with the mission to provide heart screening and CPR training to athletes by promoting Cardiac Arrest Awareness through scholarships and community outreach education.
Dylan Wayne Dorrell 17, of Denton Texas passed away early Thursday morning August 13th, 2020 surrounded by his family. He would have been a senior at Guyer High School, graduating with the class of 2021.
Dylan was a 4 year member of the Guyer Cross country team, he belonged to several clubs at Guyer and was also very active in his animation classes. Dylan was an original. He marched to the beat of his own drum and did not care what anybody thought about that. He was so loving and kind. He always had a smile and you would never see him in a bad mood. Every day was a great day for him. It didn’t matter what had happened that day, he always had a positive outlook. He was the kind of student that would help anybody in need. He was not the most social of teenagers but if you were his friend, you were his friend for life. He loved running, drawing, Pokémon, Star Wars, Smash Bros and other things that maybe a typical 17 year old wouldn’t be interested in, but that was Dylan. He had started building his own light sabers from scratch this past summer and he had even taught some of his friends how to make one as well. Dylan will be missed by so many. He was a light in this world that we all need. His family loved him so much and there will be an emptiness in their heart forever.
Dylan was many things to many people. A talented artist. A dedicated runner. An amazing son, Jake's big brother, cousin and grandson. A loyal and kind friend.
Dylan's parents, Lisa and Gus, started the non-profit organization, #runforDylan in his memory. Their main focus is to provide heart testing and CPR training to athletes. While one of these tests could not have saved Dylan, it could save someone else.