Edgerleys Fuel Groundbreaking Trauma Research

With their $100,000 gift to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), prominent Boston philanthropists Sandy and Paul Edgerley have joined the Stepping Strong Founders Circle of benefactors to The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation.

Named for Gillian Reny, who received life-saving care at BWH in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the new center is located in the hospital’s Building for Transformative Medicine and brings together research teams to collaborate on innovative approaches in trauma care.

The Edgerleys, who have supported several BWH research programs over the years, were moved by Gillian’s story and impressed with the hospital’s emergency response after the marathon bombings. In 2014, they began contributing to BWH’s trauma research and care programs with a gift for the work of Dennis Orgill, MD, plastic surgeon and medical director of the Wound Care Center at BWH.

Orgill, whose research team focuses on developing ways to regenerate skin and heal wounds from traumatic injuries, says, “Our goal is to dramatically reduce pain and significantly reduce the risk of infection.”

Seeing the progress of researchers like Orgill, Sandy says, “We’re encouraged by the possibilities of the center and are thrilled to be part of it. We admire the Reny family and the hospital for leading this groundbreaking effort.”