We are excited to be running for the first time together in support of The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation!!!
To learn a bit more about us and our motivations, as well as the Center's mission and results, please scroll down!
Thank you VERY MUCH for your generous support! You are and will be making a difference in the life of many suffering from dramatic traumatic injuries!
For me (Giorgio) this will be my second 5k in Boston. I start running in July 2015 and since then I have become a passionate supporter of the Stepping Strong team! With them I have run one 5k (2017), two 10k (2016, 2017), two halfmarathons (2016, 2017) and two marathons (2016, 2017), all in the beautiful Boston and fundraising over 11,000$!
I am a plastic surgeon, scientist, and faculty member at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. My clinical and research interests are trauma care and tissue regeneration: my goal is to be able to improve the quality of care and the quality of life of trauma patients through biomedical innovation.
In 2016 I was selected as the Stepping Strong Trauma Fellow, in 2017 I was a finalist of the Stepping Strong Trauma Innovation award, and this year I have received another Stepping Strong Trauma Innovation award. Some of my work has also been recently funded by the Department of Defense with the scope of improving the care of wounded soldiers.
You can read a bit more about my committment to trauma research and the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation here:
For me (Fabio) this will be my first run ever! I am a fully-trained neurologist and since February 2018 a research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA) and Brown University (Providence, RI). Under the mentorship of my P.I., Dr. Leigh Hochberg, my research focuses on developing and testing neural interface systems (brain-computer interfaces) for the restoration of communication, mobility, and independence for persons with paralysis or limb loss. The laboratory I am part of brings together neurologists, neuroscientists, engineers, computer scientists, neurosurgeons, mathematicians, and other researchers to comprise a multi-disciplinary, collaborative team to design and test neural interfaces that will improve the lives of people with spinal cord injury, amputations, other neurologic diseases and injuries.
You can read/see more about this research here:
About The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation.
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.
Thank you for supporting this extraordinary group of runners and continuing to honor the Boston Strong spirit that still defines our city today.