We run to support The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation, which has a mission to transform outcomes for civilian and military heroes worldwide who have suffered devastating traumatic injuries. Gillian Reny was one of the many innocent bystanders critically injured at the finish line in the Boston Marathon bombings. She was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), where doctors and nurses worked heroically to save her life—and both of her legs. In gratitude to BWH, the Reny family established The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation to help trauma patients like Gillian regain their strength and ability to step strong once again. To date, the Stepping Strong Center has raised more than $13.6 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.
Thank you for supporting our 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.
A personal note from me as this year's 10K team captain:
5 years ago, I would never have expected to become a more dedicated runner after getting run over by a car than I'd ever been before it happened. Thanks to the world class trauma care I received and the continued support over my initial year of recovery, it's not only been possible to run again, it's become the biggest motivation to keep stepping stronger each day. I'm so grateful to be a part of the Stepping Strong family and it's an absolute honor to be the team captain for this year's Stepping Strong 10K Team.