Choosing Not to Forget: 2013 Chicago Run To Remember

I recently attended the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation 2013 Run to Remember that honors the lives of fallen and severely injured Police officers.

I recall participating in my very first 5k a few years ago and it was in the Run to Remember race. I ran that year because my husband, James Sangster, a Chicago Police officer at the time, had encouraged me to run while he took pictures. I was on my annual health initiative and I had been training to participate in a run, so he recommended that one. I felt really good running because it was a sense of pride in exercise, I was remembering the lives of fallen officers, and of course, being the wife of Chicago Police officer  was a huge factor as well.

Photo Credit: Dawgelene Sangster

Photo Credit: Dawgelene Sangster

This year my participation was bittersweet. I was contacted by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation to take pictures for the event. As the widow of a retired Chicago Police officer, it was an honor to play the role as a photographer for others, as my husband played for me when I participated in the event.

However, I couldn’t help but miss him and imagine the runners running to remember his life and love for law enforcement, ministry, marriage and serving this country.

Photo Credit: Dawgelene Sangster

Photo Credit: Dawgelene Sangster

I strive to remember my hubby’s fight in serving others until he died from GBM (Glioblastoma brain cancer) in 2012, by supporting the initiatives of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the American Brain Tumor Association.

Enjoy the pictures in the gallery!

--Dr. Dawj

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