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.
I am running to support Gillian, who has been an inspiration to me over the past 5 years, and her family, who have been the most supportive and loving people, helping Gillian get through some of the hardest days that no one should ever have to go through.
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 or 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 cause and continuing to honor the Boston Strong spirit that still defines our city today.