mom dies of heat stroke on LDS Trek

This past Monday, a 29-year-old mother of two died of heat stroke while participating in trek.  She suffered the heat stroke towards the end of a seven mile hike.

“We express our love and deepest sympathies to the family of Meaghan Blair,” said Deborah Neria, spokeswoman for the Rogers Arkansas Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “This is a heartbreaking loss for the family and all who knew her. Meaghan leaves behind a husband, Michael, and two young children.”

Blair and her husband Michael were serving as a “ma” and “pa” for a “family” of teens on the trek. Trek groups typically wear pioneer-era clothing, pull handcarts and discuss the sacrifices made by mid-1800s handcart pioneers who walked across the American plains to Utah.

 

The trek did include a doctor and two registered nurses.

 

There was a statement made from Blair’s father on Facebook.

“It is with heavy heart and sorrow that we share the passing of Meaghan Lee Blair,” Querry said in the statement. “Meg was the wife of her beloved husband Mike Blair, mother to Evelyn and Asher and (my) and Maureen’s oldest daughter. We appreciate all of the expressions of sympathy and prayers. She lived an epic life of cheerful devotion to Mike and the kids. She was generous to a fault in life as she has been in death. While we are at this time unclear as to the next steps, we will communicate as we understand better. Thank you for your support and kindness over these last few hours.”

 

There is a crowdfunding campaign to help raise money for the family.  They have currently raised $11,000 of the $16,000 target as of now.  If you would like to donate, here is the link to the crowdfunding site.

You can read more details of this heart-wrenching story at the Deseret News.