The recent Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon and Half Marathon brought runners from all over to town. One of those runners came to The Frame Studio to create a custom shadow box and frame.
We have created previous shadow boxes for Karen, from other races, but the contents of this box are a little extra special to her: a photo of her at the finish line, her time card (she finished in 2nd Place in her age category – a fantastic achievement), her number tag, her medal for participating but most treasured is the button she wore on her left hip as she ran.
The button is in commemoration of her cousin Ms. Gail Miles, who was killed just a few months earlier. Karen talked to us about Gail, explaining how in 1984 she was the first African American police officer in Watertown, MA and how she had lived in her home for 57 of her 60 years. Unfortunately Gail’s killer has still not been caught but Karen and all her family, along with all of us at The Frame Studio hope that justice does prevail.
Karen ran in memory of her cousin that day and highlighting the button worn in Gail’s memory in this special shadow box she helped to custom design is another way to show honor.