I was sent here by The Cool Kids Campaign, via Justin Berk's Facebook page, in honor of Annie's 18th birthday. I did not know Annie, but I heard the news story at the time and my heart went out to the family. It's hard to believe it's been 12 years. Despite never knowing her, I feel a connection. I have an Annie's Playground magnet on my fridge. It depicts a self portrait Annie drew. I'm not sure where I got it, but I always keep it on my fridge and think of her each time I see it. I am also a member of St. Margaret's Church, and I have often seen the little garden by the chapel, which Annie's sisters dedicated to her. I have also taken my kids to the playground many times. I uploaded photos from a fun visit a few years back when my sister and I took all our kids. Hope they bring you some smiles. One of my daughters reminded me tonight that she tripped and twisted her ankle that day, and a kind lady carried her to find me. My oldest daughter remembers losing a tooth while eating an ice cream sandwich on another day at the playground. Thank you so much for sharing Annie with those of us who didn't get to know her personally, and thanks to all who made the playground a lasting memorial to her. Happy birthday, Annie!

~ Eileen Raff