BWH Stepping Strong
Marathon Team

BWH Stepping Strong<br />Marathon Team

“No words will ever fully express my gratitude to the doctors and nurses at BWH who saved my life and legs in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings" —Gillian Reny

BWH Stepping Strong
Marathon Team

WHY WE RUN

Why Raise Funds for The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation?

Tragically, traumatic injuries and events have become all too common in recent years. Trauma is the number one cause of death for people 46 or younger, ahead of cancer and heart disease. Nearly $700 billion a year is spent on decreased productivity, work lost, and medical costs for trauma survivors. Yet, trauma remains an underfunded, underrepresented medical discipline. Your participation on the BWH Stepping Strong Marathon Team can make a profound difference.


STEPPING STRONG TO ADVANCE TRAUMA RESEARCH
Run to propel interdisciplinary trauma innovation, research, and care for the benefit of patients worldwide.

“Trauma is killing a lot of people and Stepping Strong is sending a powerful message in response. I am so excited to support them as they work hard to improve the lives of patients and their families.” —Juan Herrera-Escobar, MD, 2018 team


STEPPING STRONG FOR BOSTON STRONG
Run to turn tragedy into hope, and to honor the spirit and outpouring of kindness that defined our community in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

“I ran the 2014 Boston Marathon for Gillian—my baby sister, my best friend, and my greatest gift. I ran for the community of supporters, survivors, responders, doctors, and nurses who saved our family in myriad ways. And I ran to finally cross that finish line in 2014 with the conviction that there is so much good in this world.” —Danielle Reny, 2014 and 2015 teams


STEPPING STRONG FOR OUR MILITARY HEROES
Run to fund innovations that will benefit the more than 50K military personnel wounded since 9/11.

“During my deployment to Iraq, I saw firsthand the impact of trauma, both physically and mentally. I run with BWH because Stepping Strong is a great platform to help survivors of traumatic injury.” —Tom Steinbrunner, 2016 team


STEPPING STRONG FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T
Run to honor the spirit or memory of a friend or family member who has passed away or struggled with illness, trauma, or other devastating hardships.

“I was introduced to Stepping Strong when my friend, Jackie, was injured in a horrific boating accident and tragically lost one of her legs. After seeing how much pain Jackie was in, it was comforting to know that Stepping Strong would be there for her. Less than a year later, she was dancing on her prosthetic leg. I ran the Marathon in 2018 to support Jackie and all others affected by trauma and in support of the center that was there for her through it all.” —Joann O’Brien, 2018 team


STEPPING STRONG TO GIVE BACK
Run as a way to say thanks for receiving exceptional medical care that has improved your life, or the lives of your families and friends.
 

“In 1993, I had a traumatic injury to my right arm resulting in severe nerve and tendon damage and the loss of four fingers. I ran the Boston Marathon to give back and say thank you to the BWH doctors and nurses who took such good care of me.” —Stephen Teague, 2016, 2017, and 2018 teams


To learn more, contact Caroline Duncan at bwhmarathonteam@partners.org or 617-424-4263. For information about about Stepping Strong news, events, and funded program areas, visit bwhsteppingstrong.org.