I am very excited to be running the B.A.A. 5K with Stepping Strong for the third consecutive year. Thank you so much for supporting me and the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund at BWH! Together, we can transform trauma research and care for patients with traumatic, athletic, military, or disease-related limb injuries. You can learn more about the fund at BWHsteppingstrong.org.
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 5K 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.