"Forever Young Memorial Run" honors Nichols and Lee
EVANSDALE (KWWL) -
Two Cedar Valley families honored their daughters with an event in Evansdale Saturday morning.
Six months ago, Lindsay Nichols was killed after breaking off a relationship with a local radiologist. Dr. Timothy Roses shot the 22-year-old outside her new boyfriend's home, then turned the gun on himself.
Nichols' close friend, Kelsey Lee, died a few months earlier, December 31, 2011, after a seven-year battle with cancer.
Saturday morning, the Nichols and Lee families hosted a run in honor of their daughters. There was a chill in the air and bright sunlight early in the day, a perfect morning for the Forever Young Memorial 5K.
Many in the crowd Saturday also stood with them in the days after Lindsay's death, just like they stood with Kelsey's family a few months earlier. Which is why the race couldn't start without a thank you.
"It's very, very overwhelming. We'd hoped for 150 when we had the idea. And to know there was over 300 signed up prior to today was really heartwarming for, not only myself, my husband and the Lee family too," said Jan Nichols, Lindsay's stepmother.
The families planned to use proceeds from the event to offer a scholarship to an East High student interested in Health Science.
"Just pass on Lindsay and Kelsey's memory to them," said Lindsay's father, Tom Nichols.
With such a large turnout, they're able to dream a little bigger.
"We will probably be expanding that to a West High student as well," said Jan Nichols.
This year alone, they raised nearly $5,000, and they're only getting started. The families want to continue the race year after year, and keep the memory of both women alive.
"And it'll get bigger every year. That's what we're hoping for," said Tom Nichols.
The Nichols credit the success of this inaugural 5K to their close-knit community. Life without their daughter is challenging, but these relationships help them face the road ahead.
"To my husband and I, it would be very difficult to continue on and to be strong, but our support from family, friends and the community has been wonderful," said Jan Nichols.
The Nichols family has filed a civil suit against Roses' estate seeking damages for Nichols' death. That case is still pending.
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