Update #5 - One Week till Race Day!
April 10, 2017
BENEFITING: Brigham and Women's Hospital
ORGANIZER: Brigham and Women's Hospital
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Thank you for considering a donation to my marathon fundraiser! This will be my first time running the Boston Marathon (or any marathon!), and I am thrilled to be part of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Marathon Team. This year the team is raising funds for the Brigham and Women's Hospital Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. The Stepping Strong organization has already raised over 9 million dollars in just a few years with the goal of improving trauma care, treatment, and recovery.
In 2013 around midnight on April 15, my friends and I loaded ourselves and our bikes onto MBTA commuter rail trains, went out to Hopkington to the Boston Marathon starting line, and biked the marathon route back into Boston with hundreds of other cyclists, laughing and having a great time. We snapped a few pictures at the marathon finish line, had a couple beers and went home. Hours later, I was sitting in a coffee shop and was appalled to start seeing pictures show up on facebook of explosions that were happening on Boylston St. near the finish line. I had friends running that year and friends watching in the crowds. I started crying right there in Starbucks and frantically texting people. Everyone knows what happened next. 3 people were killed, hundreds were injured, and the city was on lockdown for a week. Days later the bombers also killed MIT police officer Sean Collier. I haven't done the Midnight Marathon bike ride since that year. But in April 2017, I have the chance to run the marathon and raise money in the name of one of the people injured in the marathon bombing, Gillian Reny. It's a way to help future trauma patients and actively take part to help turn a tragedy into medical advances.
I have committed to train for the marathon and to raise $7,500. This is a significant amount of money, but together with you - my friends, family, and co-workers - I am sure we can reach that goal. No one ever wants to be in a situation where you need to be treated for a broken bone, burn, or other traumatic injury - but it's reassuring to know that the best care is available here in Boston, and every day our physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and researchers are working to improve care and recovery for patients.
More about Gillian and Stepping Strong:
On April 15, 2013, Gillian Reny was one of the many innocent bystanders critically injured at the finish line in the Boston Marathon bombings. She was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), where doctors and nurses worked heroically to save her life—and both of her legs. In gratitude to BWH, the Reny family established the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation to help trauma patients like Gillian regain their strength and ability to step strong once again. To date, the center has raised more than $9 million to support trauma innovation and recovery while upholding the Boston Strong spirit that defined the aftermath of the marathon tragedy.
Although trauma accounts for 41 million Emergency Department visits a year and is the leading cause of death for people ages 1-46 in the United States, funding for trauma research and care is scarce. The 2017 BWH Stepping Strong Marathon Team will advance BWH’s commitment to turn tragedy into hope for citizens, military personnel, and families worldwide who have been impacted by the devastation of traumatic injuries and events.
Thank you for your support.
Learn more about the Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Stepping Strong Marathon Team is proud to participate in the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program.