The Brigham Stepping Strong Marathon Team

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Monday, April 15, 2024


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All funds raised benefit The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at the Brigham

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.

Rock climber Jim Ewing fell 50 feet from a cliff, leaving him with severe damage to his left leg. After the accident, Ewing chose to have his leg amputated, becoming the first patient to undergo a revolutionary Stepping Strong-funded procedure that allows him to control and interact with his prosthesis like a natural limb.

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, lost work, and medical costs for trauma survivors. Yet, trauma remains an underfunded, underrepresented medical discipline. Your participation on the Brigham 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. I ran the marathon in 2018 to support Jackie and all others affected by trauma and in support of the hospital 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 Brigham doctors and nurses who took such good care of me.”

—Stephen Teague, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and 2019 teams

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

What We Support

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. To date, the center has raised more than $27 million. But much more needs to be done.

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 Marathon team, you are helping the Brigham turn tragedy into hope for civilian and military heroes worldwide who have suffered devastating traumatic injuries.

Funds Raised By The Team Will:

  • Fund groundbreaking projects and innovators that address clinical problems impacting both civilian and military patients, including the Ewing amputation, a revolutionized lower extremity amputation first featured on CNN
  • Train 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
  • Transform cutting-edge research in limb reconstruction, advanced stem cell technology, bioengineering, wound healing, and other trauma-related areas
  • Partner with experts 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
  • Support the Stepping Strong Research Scholars who investigate bone and skin regeneration in trauma patients
  • Advance multidisciplinary collaboration in orthopaedics, plastics, emergency medicine, and trauma care
  • Join forces with military leaders and experts in the global community to ensure best practices in emergency preparedness

In Their Own Words

“The virtual experience and team support were amazing. We look forward to running again.”
–Charles and Pauline Santry, 2020 virtual team

“The support the Stepping Strong Team provides is above and beyond what I imagined. The experience of running with Stepping Strong has been so incredible!”
—Sameera Mathan, 2019 team

“When I discovered the Stepping Strong team, I was sold. I thought to myself, ‘I need to do this’. I’ve seen firsthand how the funds raised help doctors and researchers develop better ways to help and heal patients. Being a part of the Stepping Strong team provided me the opportunity to give back in a different way.”
—Kimberly Cardillo, 2018 team

“I love the Boston Marathon because of the energy, camaraderie, and kindness that surrounds every runner and circles the whole city and Stepping Strong is at the center of that positivity! I am so impressed by how much the center has grown and accomplished and can’t wait to see it continue to grow and accomplish the unthinkable”
—Rachel Bliss, 2018 team

“It was an honor to run in support of the Stepping Strong Center. To know who and what I am running for made all the difference when my legs were cramping and my muscles were begging me to stop running. There is nothing like representing the Boston Strong spirit that defines our city on such an emotional day.”
—Matt McGaffigan, 2018 team

“We live a long way from Boston, so I was not aware of the broad support for Stepping Strong in the city. Wearing the Stepping Strong singlet seemed to transform me to royalty. The members of the team I met on race day were awesome. I definitely plan to support Stepping Strong runners in future Boston marathons.”
—Win Porter, 2015 team

“Being a part of the Stepping Strong team has been such a rewarding experience. It is amazing to see how strongly people feel about this cause. By spreading awareness about trauma research and care, I have received unbridled support and enthusiasm from Boston residents, as well as family and friends throughout the country.”
—Olivia Tomeo, 2015 team


With Gratitude To The Reny Family

Thank you to the Reny family for generously sponsoring our Brigham Stepping Strong Marathon team. This gift will help advance the crucial work of The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation, which catalyzes research collaborations to transform trauma care, injury prevention, and intervention for civilians and military heroes.

“It is remarkable to reflect on how far we have come since establishing Stepping Strong. A fund has given rise to a physical center, seed money has been leveraged into larger federal funding, and a small group of family and friends has grown into a global community of physician-scientists, runners, and philanthropists. It is our honor to sponsor the Stepping Strong Marathon Team and provide additional funding that will continue to propel the center’s programs forward.”
—Audrey Epstein Reny, Co-founder, Stepping Strong Center, and Advisory Board Chair