Couple honors son's life by teaching educators how to save lives

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

DURANT, OKLAHOMA -- Trace Sherrill teaches people how to save lives.

Through tragedy, he and his wife have become activists.

"Colton was 10 years old when he passed away. He was at basketball camp here at Southeastern, and he had a heart condition," Trace said.

Trace and his wife wondered if area schools had the tools to save other lives.

"Automated external defibrillators: There weren't enough in the school system," Trace said.

Since then, the Sherrill's have founded a nonprofit called Colton's Run.

"We want to support people to have the training to use those and how to use CPR," Trace said.

Today, Air Evac Life Team taught CPR to Durant teachers and staff.

Shane Smith says the training can save lives.

"Children are an at-risk group in my opinion because of a lack of training for that. It helps improve mortality rates for both children and adults," Shane said.

Before today's training, Colton's Run had taught 174 Durant school officials CPR.

Today, that number almost doubled.

"We had over sixty this morning and maybe around sixty this afternoon," Trace said.

Trace says this is a great way to honor his son's life.

"It's a way for us to honor Colton's memory and to turn something that was a tragedy into something that could be helpful to someone else," Trace said.

Colton's Run is hosting a run on October 20th. To donate, run or get more information, visit coltonsrun.com.


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