I'm very excited to participate in the Buckingham Browne & Nichols team to help raise funds for the amazing and important work of Brigham and Women's Hospital as exemplified in the heroic work they did to save the life and legs of BB&N alumna Gillian Remy. We're so lucky to have this world-class hospital in our community and I hope you'll join me in supporting their lifesaving work.
On April 15, 2013, Gillian Reny, an 18-year-old high school student and aspiring dancer, stood near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. With her parents, Steven and Audrey Epstein Reny, she watched with pride as she waited for her sister Danielle to finish the race. Then, two bombs went off and a beautiful day turned to heartbreaking tragedy for the Renys and all of Boston.
When first responders rushed the Renys to Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Audrey and Steven were treated for minor injuries while doctors and nurses worked heroically to save Gillian’s life. In the process, they also saved both of her legs—a miraculous outcome. Today, Gillian is on the road to recovery, and was able to attend her high school graduation and arrive on time for her freshman year of college. She is among the 39 individuals with life-threatening injuries who were treated and saved by BWH on that fateful day.
Inspired by Gillian’s resilience—and forever grateful to the BWH team that saved her life—the Reny family established the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund at BWH in February 2014.
With the establishment of the fund, the Renys hope to help future patients with traumatic, athletic, military, and disease-related limb injuries regain their strength and step strong once again.
In January 2016 The Stepping Strong Fund became The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation and aims to transform trauma outcomes through innovation in research and care.
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