Hello Family, Friends, Colleagues, and Kind Strangers I have not met!
I am so excited to share that I will be running the 2018 Boston Marathon on April 16th for the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Stepping Strong team!
My inspiration for joining the Stepping Strong team are my students. I work for two community colleges as a disability/academic counselor and professor. So many of my students have had traumatic injuries and gone through traumatic events that have affected them in profound ways. Yet they have the courage, tenacity and determination to complete their educational and career goals. I hope to channel their determination and tenacity with my training and fundraising so future students can benefit from the wonderful research the Stepping Strong team supports.
Any donation you're able to give towards my $6000 fundraising goal is very much appreciated. Donations are tax-deductible. I will keep you all updated on my journey to be Stepping Strong towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon!
With love and gratitude,
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 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.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Stepping Strong Marathon Team is proud to participate in the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program.