It's been a dream of mine to run the Boston Marathon, and I am honored to be part of the team raising money for the 2018 Brigham and Women's Hospital Stepping Strong Team! With the outstanding support of loving family and friends, I get to fulfill my running dream, while raising funds for this fantastic program.
In 2013, 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.
Karen and I also have a special connection to BWH. In 2012 during Karen's illness, Dr. Matthew Carty, was one of the outstanding surgeons that provided healing and comfort to us. Dr. Carty is one of the leading researchers at the Stepping Strong Center, seeking ways to recover normal limb function in amputees. We're proud to be able to raise funds for pioneers like Dr. Carty, as a small token of our thanks for the care and support BWH provided to us.
To date, the center has raised more than $12 million. But much more needs to be done. When you support 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.
I've set a challenging goal of raising $7,500 for the BWH Stepping Strong Marathon Team. Like training for and running a marathon, each journey begins with a single step. Every time I take the first step of each training run, I'll be thinking about all the folks that dream of just being able to take that single step. This fundraising effort will take the support of generous donors like you to make this goal a reality, and all donations are tax-deductible. Thank you on so many levels for supporting this extraordinary group of runners and continuing to honor the Boston Strong spirit of the BWH Stepping Strong Marathon Team!