NEWTON (CBS) – Kelly O’Leary Schultz is a trainer, a marathoner, a mother, and now, instantly, a widow. “It’s simply so devastating,” mentioned Kelly. “It’s simply so loopy how life throws you these curve-balls.”
Her husband David Schultz was solely 40 years-old when died final weekend whereas competing in a triathlon.
He was a life-long athlete, with medals to show it. Kelly says Saturday’s triathlon in Hopkinton was his eighth or ninth. He was match and at a latest bodily declared to be wholesome.
“It was one thing he was going to do for enjoyable,” Kelly mentioned.
However minutes into his swim, he was waving for assist.
“A coronary heart assault was out of the blue,” she mentioned. “If it was a coronary heart assault. We don’t even know that.”
David was unconscious when rescuers pulled him out. Kelly obtained a name and was advised to get to the hospital.
“And once they pull you into that household ready room and hand you a field of tissues, that , that’s it,” Kelly mentioned.
David leaves behind three youngsters. Twin six year-old ladies and a 9 year-old boy.
“My son Liam has Down syndrome. He was with him all day on Saturdays doing sports- taking him to bop. Similar factor with my ladies. He spent all of his free time with the children,” Kelly mentioned.
One factor the children had been wanting ahead to this summer season was a repeat of a mini-triathlon dad arrange for them on the Cape.
“He had the children swim throughout the pool. Then they needed to do a one and half mile lap across the neighborhood on a motorcycle. Then they needed to run round a baseball area. All people received no one knew their time they completed and so they had been excited.”
Kelly admits she’s nonetheless in full shock and denial. She needed to speak as a result of she needed share this message.
“That life is brief, and you want to hug the individuals that you just love. As a result of they could be gone within the subsequent minute. You’ll be able to’t take anyone with no consideration.”
Kelly needed to thank the primary responders who tried to avoid wasting her husband and needed to thank the group for rallying round her.
Buddies arrange a GoFundMe for Kelly and her children. Almost $65,000 from greater than 650 donors was raised within the first day. The fundraiser is being run by Franklin Elementary Faculty’s Dad or mum-Trainer Group in West Newton, the place the household lives.