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Annual run honors two Waterloo East grads who died young

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Two friends, Lindsay Nichols and Kelsey Lee, are forever memorialized together in Angels Park in their hometown of Evansdale.

"Lindsay always thought of Kelsey, and always remembered Kelsey," said Lindsay's stepmother, Jan Nichols.

For seven years and throughout high school, Kelsey battled cancer.

"I remember both of them were on the prom court together. Lindsay, of course being a girl, 'I hope I win.' but she said, 'If I don't win, I want Kelsey to win.' Kelsey won and it was a really special moment for Kelsey and Lindsay," recalls Jan.

Lindsay was on her way to see Kelsey in the hospital when Kelsey died in December of 2011.

Just months later, Lindsay was shot and killed by a jealous ex-boyfriend who used social media to find her.

"Be careful where you post and what you are doing, where you are at. A lot of that should be your own business; it shouldn't be the world's business," warns Lindsay's father, Tom Nichols, who is also a Black Hawk County Sheriff's Deputy.

"We want you to be safe. If you can learn from our mistakes, then the better off you are going to be," continued Tom.

Now, each year the two families come together to hold the Forever Young Memorial 1M/5K in Lindsay & Kelsey's honor.  The money raised by the event goes towards two scholarships the families award to area students. 

"Losing a child is a traumatic process. The support and love that the community showed us during that time, I think it really helped us along the way. This scholarship is a way we are giving back to the community. We are giving back to someone else's child," said Tom.

The scholarships are given to students looking to go into the medical field, as both Lindsay and Kelsey were passionate about, and worked in, the medical industry.

One of the two scholarships is also reserved for a Waterloo East graduate, Lindsay and Kelsey's alma mater.

This year's Forever Young Memorial 1M/5k will be Saturday, September 16th at 9 a.m. starting at Angels Park in Evansdale.

You can register for the race up until the morning of the event.

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