Join the Brigham Stepping Strong Team in the B.A.A. 5K
The 2024 Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) 5K will be held on Saturday, April 13. Join our 5K team to experience the excitement of Marathon Weekend and support The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at the Brigham. All fitness levels are welcome to join. This year will be especially meaningful as we mark 10 years since the Reny family founded the Stepping Strong Center in gratitude to the caregivers who saved Gillian Reny’s life and limbs after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Together, we can transform research and care for civilians and military personnel who endure traumatic injuries and events.
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The Stepping Strong Story: Turning Tragedy into Hope
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, where doctors and nurses saved her life and both of her legs. In gratitude to the Brigham, the Reny family established The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation to help other trauma patients like Gillian regain their strength and ability to step strong once again.
The Stepping Strong Center Mission
The mission of The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation is to catalyze multidisciplinary collaborations that inspire groundbreaking innovation, effective prevention, and compassionate intervention to transform care for civilians and military heroes who endure traumatic injuries and events. Stepping Strong-funded initiatives are making a profound difference for trauma patients and their families worldwide.
Trauma is often referred to as the neglected global epidemic of modern society, as it accounts for 43 million hospital visits and an economic burden of $2 trillion per year. It is the number one cause of death for people 44 or younger, ahead of cancer and heart disease—and every 3 minutes, someone dies from a traumatic injury. When you support a member of the Brigham Stepping Strong team in the B.A.A. 5K®, you are helping the Brigham turn tragedy into hope for civilian and military heroes worldwide who have suffered devastating traumatic injuries.
Your Gift Will Support
Groundbreaking projects and innovators who address clinical problems impacting both civilian and military patients, including the Ewing Amputation, a revolutionary lower extremity amputation first featured on CNN
Training of the next generation of plastic surgeons in advanced and innovative techniques for treating acute and complex traumatic injury with the Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellowship—the first fellowship of its kind
Cutting-edge research in limb reconstruction, advanced stem cell technology, bioengineering, wound healing, and other trauma-related areas
Partnership across the Brigham and Harvard Medical School to reduce the number and severity of traumatic injuries through the Stepping Strong Injury Prevention and Intervention program
Stepping Strong Research Scholars, who investigate bone and skin regeneration in trauma patients
Multidisciplinary collaboration in orthopaedics, plastics, emergency medicine, and trauma care
Collaboration with military leaders and experts in the global community to ensure best practices in emergency preparedness
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The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation
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