CLEVELAND, Ohio — The family of Taylor Ceepo, a runner who collapsed and died in May during a race, is creating a memorial fund at the Cleveland Foundation to honor her legacy “through causes and organizations that were important for her.”
Ceepo, 22, died on May 19 from cardiomyopathy while running in the Cleveland Marathon.
She had just graduated from Walsh University in North Canton with a degree in biology and a double minor in chemistry and psychology. Ceepo had dreams of attending medical school and took part in events that supported the Children’s Miracle Network at Akron Children’s Hospital, her family said.
An avid athlete who loved soccer, Ceepo was a four-year varsity player at St. Vincent—St. Mary school in Akron. She also played on Walsh’s varsity team while she attended university, according to her family.
“The friendships Taylor made through high school, college and her soccer club were priceless to her, and Taylor’s smile and upbeat personality brought love and joy to everyone's life that she touched,” said Jackie Ceepo, Taylor’s mother. “Our hope is to keep Taylor’s memory alive through the creation of the memorial fund, and we’re grateful to everyone who has already contributed.”
Taylor Paige Ceepo Memorial Fund at the Cleveland Foundation
1422 Euclid Ave., Suite 1300, Cleveland, OH 44115
There are three events that will be held in the coming months to raise money for the fund.
The events are:
- Sept. 28 – at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Stadium, 15 N. Maple St., Akron, for a soccer doubleheader vs. Hoban (girls kickoff at 5 p.m. followed by the boys at 7 p.m.)
- Oct. 5 – Walsh University Women’s Soccer team at Milazzo Field, near 2020 East Maple St., North Canton.
- Nov. 30 – at Fat Little Buddies Tavern 26906 Cook Road., Olmsted Township, in conjunction with the Ohio State-Michigan football game.
Donations are tax deductible. Anyone with questions about the fund can contact the Cleveland Foundation at 216-685-2006.