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5/17/2017 4:20:00 PM
Senator Tillis Collapses During Charity Race
Apparently dehydrated and overheated, Senator gets clean bill of health, released from hospital

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

North Carolina US Senator Thom Tillis became dehydrated and overheated during Wednesday’s ACLI ( American Council of Life Insurers) Capital Challenge and collapsed. Several good Samaritans, including Capitol Police, immediately provided assistance to the Senator, including chest compressions. The Senator was taken to the hospital, and doctors found the episode was caused by overheating. He was released after receiving a clean bill of health.  Senator Tillis expressed gratitude to the good Samaritans who assisted him at the race and the medical professionals at the hospital.

The ACLI Capital Challenge is a three-mile road race at Washington's Anacostia Park. The event attracts scores of members of Congress, high-ranking political appointees, Generals, Admirals, television correspondents, print and web reporters, Federal Judges and other Washington VIPs who captain and compete on over 140 teams. The ACLI Capital Challenge benefits the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. All entry fees and additional donations from the race sponsors are used to provide a life-changing Fidelco Guide Dog and services to a blinded veteran or immediate family member to support increased independence, mobility and safety.

Senator Tillis said veterans' issues are ne of his primary concerns and he wanted to show his support by participating in the race.  "What happened to me is a good warning to others who are involved in physical activities during warm weather to drink plenty of liquids and not overdo it," the Senator said.  "I am alright."  The Senator actually returned to work on Capitol Hill just minutes after being released from the hospital with a clean bill of health.

Senator Tillis posted a short message after getting back to his office.  CLICK HERE to see it.

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