Hi family and friends!
I am so excited and honored to be running the 122nd Boston Marathon on April 16th! I never thought that I could complete a marathon. But knowing how much the Boston Marathon means to everyone in Boston, and it's reputations within the marathon world, I always knew that I wanted to run Boston. After the Boston Marathon Bombings on April 15, 2013, the Boston Marathon has come to mean so much more to everyone involved (which is just about the whole darned city). It is a day of community, where the entire 26 mile course is 2-3 people deep cheering and partying their sunburned, alcohol soaked hearts out; where professional runners come from across the globe to run the streets and hills of Massachusetts to prove that they are the fastest and strongest in the world; and where people who are non-runners show how months of training in below freezing temperatures, snow and ice have prepared them to undertake an idiotic feat to raise money for the organization that they believe in so much and have dedicated months of their lives to.
But after 2013, this day is about a lot of other things that it wasn't previously. It is about remembering those whose lives were taken. It is about supporting those who were injured and honoring their strength in those incredibyly difficult months and years of recovery. It is an homage to their families, who's hearts were broken for the pain inflicted on those injured, and who had to facilitate both the physical and emotional recovery of the entire family. It is a massive celebration of all the good ordinary citizens from all walks of life, who selflessly performed fearless acts and put themselves in harm's way to help strangers in dire need. It is a tribute to the doctors and hospital staff who responded like no other city could, and saved countless lives by performing miraculous work in the face of a terror attack, who's complications they never could have prepared for.
And lastly, it is a collective roar of, "THIS OUR $%!*@#$ CITY!"
I am running in honor of Gillian Reny and the Reny Family to support the amazing foundation that was created less than a year after the attacks, where Gillian was severly injured when the bombs went off. The Renys almost lost Gillian that day, but she was saved by the fast-acting and highly skilled team at Brigham & Womens Hospital. What the Renys realized is that, unfortunately, attacks of this nature were going to keep happening and that there was and still is a great need to funnel money into our hospitals so that the trauma units can be prepared when the inevitable next attack happens. I can't imagine having the ability to undertake such an endeavor while still in the healing stages, but we are all so lucky that the Renys did. In February of 2014, The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund was established. In January of 2017, the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation opened at Brigham and Women's Hospital where the best and brightest are researching, teaching and caring for civilians and military personel worldwide who have suffered traumatic injuries or events. It is truly remarkable how this family has used this devastating event to bring so much good not just to the city of Boston, but far beyond the city's borders to the rest of world, who often look to Boston's highly sought after medical community for teaching and treatment.
By supporting me in my Boston Marathon run this year, you are supporting an amazing center that is working one patient at a time and changing their lives for the better. So, thank you thank you! I hope to see many of your smiling faces at the various events I will be hosting leading up to race day, and hopefully at the finish line as well - it's such a beautiful day!
To read more about the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation, please see below!
Brigham and Women's Hospital wrote:
Nearly five years ago, Boston was changed forever when a beautiful Marathon Monday turned into a senseless tragedy. Gillian Reny, then a high school senior, was one of the 39 critically injured patients rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), where doctors and nurses saved her life and both of her legs. In gratitude to BWH, the Reny family established The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation with a mission of transforming outcomes for civilian and military heroes worldwide who have suffered devastating traumatic injuries.
To date, the center has raised more than $12 million. But much more needs to be done. Although trauma accounts for 41 million emergency department visits a year, funding for trauma research and care remains scarce. When you support a member of the 2018 BWH Stepping Strong Marathon Team, you are helping BWH turn tragedy into hope for trauma patients like Gillian so they can regain their strength and ability to step strong once again.
Thank you for supporting this extraordinary group of runners and continuing to honor the Boston Strong spirit that still defines our city today. Learn more about the Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation.
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