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With our 5 year anniversary upon us, we decided to devote this E-NEWSLETTER to the “heart” of Annie’s Locker, Running For Two. Years ago, a fellow runner and friend who was battling cancer, asked for one simple thing. “Please run for me until I can run again.” That small request from our namesake Annie was the seed that later grew into Annie’s Locker. Running For Two is about entering a sacred time. A time to keep vigil, a metaphorical candle burning for someone in need. Running for a friend who is struggling can be a very powerful form of support. We have run for many. We’ve seen a lot of miracles Running For Two and we hope you do, too.
Shine On!
Carol Benthal-Bingley, Founder/President
Annie’s Locker is
Please join us as we celebrate
this wonderful milestone for Annie’s Locker…
five years in operation!
As a thank you to our donors, volunteers,
supporters and recipients who inspire us to keep
doing what we’re doing, we’ll be providing
appetizers and a whole lot of gratitude.
Appetizers & Cash Bar
August 15 at 6:00pm
Pig Minds Brewing Co.
4080 Steele Dr., Machesney Park, Illinois
or on Facebook by August 8!

These Wings I Wear
– Elizabeth Primrose
I ran the North Shore Half marathon June 2nd, 2013 . I ran the entire thing (no walking). That was a first. I PR’d, certainly because I didn’t walk and the temps were perfect. However, I did THINK about walking. I thought about it a lot, especially after mile 10, you know, the time when I should have been saying “only 3 more, cakewalk.” Then I looked at the orange Running for Two bandana in my hand. I said a silent prayer and asked for help. I asked for wings to get me through. I found an inner strength.
I may run 26.2 someday, I may not. There are times when I dig deep to find that inner strength to run 3 miles. In this case, I wanted to let those of you who knew Annie know that she completely surrounded me in that race. I know it. I felt it.  I never met her…but she lives on in this group. Thanks for giving me wings.
Life is a Gift
– Anonymous
Ever since a friend opened her heart and shared the concept of Running For Two with me, my running has never been quite the same-it has been better!  Running now has a purpose and reward much greater than a PR, a blue ribbon, or a fast time on a clock. Running is part of my life. Life is a gift.
The greatest gift is LOVE – And that is what Running For Two means to me!
Start your own
for a friend who is struggling!
Running for Two has evolved since Annie’s first request. The orange bandana is a symbol of our strength in numbers, and the power of collective positive energy and prayers. A bright spot of hope in a dark time. We can’t do anything to change a loved one’s diagnosis, but that doesn’t mean we are helpless. We can decide to DO something.
On your next run please offer up some good energy, a thought or a prayer for someone who is struggling.
 Please consider Running For Two!
Be creative, make it your own and make a difference for someone in need.
Running For Two bandanas can be purchased for
$5 each or 25 for $100.
Order bandanas and send us your story to info@annieslocker.org
Read More about Running For Two
Because of the tremendous success of shirt sales, we have decided to order more! They will be available AUGUST 15th at our 5 year Celebration. Reserve your shirt today before they are gone!
Color may vary depending on availability. Mens short sleeve sizes also available.
“I had an awesome experience and appreciate my friend Anna for telling me about this organization. She runs with the Rockford Road Runners and encouraged me to run and start living healthy when
I was going through a hard time.  I was new to this area with no job, four kids and depressed.
I believe running is giving me my life back and I just wanna keep
going. I did the Biggest Loser 5K – it was great time – 37 minutes couldn’t believe it.”
Felicia, Biggest Loser 5K race
scholarship recipient.
Annie’s Angels were ON SITE at The Biggest Loser 5k and The Fourth Annual, Illinois Jets Youth Track and Field Invitational.
On June 15th, Annie’s Locker supplied race sponsorships and raised awareness with dozens of winged angels on site at the Biggest Loser race while more angels were handing out fitness gear to children and adults in need at the Jets event.
Biggest Loser Run/Walk
June 15, 2013
The Power of 3! In a great group effort, the Rockford Road Runners, Rockford Wildcats and Annie’s Locker worked as a team bringing awareness to our cause. Dozens of winged runners enjoyed the day together supporting Annie’s Locker.
Special thanks to Chris Overton, Annie’s Locker supporter who approached us with the idea, then gathered a team to raise awareness. We are grateful for all the supporters and volunteers who joined the team for the Biggest Loser Run/Walk. The race had a great turn out and we were so glad to be a part of it!
Fourth Annual, Illinois Jets Youth Track and Field Invitational
June 15, 2013

Youth & families had a fun time at the Fourth Annual, Illinois Jets Youth Track and Field Invitational on June 15! Local organizations including Annie’s Locker introduced their youth and family summer programs and activities. Annie’s Locker gave out fitness gear at the event to those who were in need. Dozens of shirts, tanks & shorts were given to runners & parents!
Thank you for supporting Annie’s Locker!
Please consider helping us continue our work with Annie’s Locker with a financial donation.