The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) 5K race was held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, two days before the Boston Marathon, with a prize purse of $39,900 at stake.
But not all entrants were in it for the money. For more than 55 runners—Gillian's classmates and fellow dancers, as well as other friends and family—the 5K was an expression of their continued love and support for Gillian and the Stepping Strong Fund that honors her.
The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) fuels cutting-edge research and clinical programs in trauma healing and limb reconstruction.
In Their Own Words
"I'm running this 5K in support of my best friend. After seeing the incredible care that Gillian received at the Brigham, I jumped at the opportunity to help raise money for the Stepping Strong Fund." —Lillian Pierce
"I'll never be able to adequately express my immense gratitude to the BWH staff for their bravery, grace, and dedication to getting Gillian back on her feet." —Caroline Weber
"I'm running to help raise money and awareness for crucial research and programs at BWH. The 5K will rally us toward a vital goal, while allowing us to honor all those injured last year." —Hank Winton
"I have always looked up to Gillian, and was so inspired by her strength and resilience. It’s been an honor to work with classmates to build a team of runners from Gillian’s high school." —Ellie Gozigian
For information on making a leadership gift to the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund, please contact Terry McGowan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-424-4316.