Heartfelt thanks to our 48 Stepping Strong runners and nearly 2,500 supporters for raising nearly $500,000 on Marathon Monday. These funds will go a long way in advancing innovative trauma research and helping to turn tragedy into hope for countless trauma patients and families.
”Thank you so much to all of the amazing members of the 2016 Marathon team! You are all so inspiring to me and I hope you had a wonderful race. It is so exciting to see so many people supporting a cause that is so close to my heart. I hope you all relax in the coming weeks … you deserve it!” —Gillian Reny, Stepping Strong Ambassador
In Their Own Words
”Thank you so much for having me on Stepping Strong team. It was both a privilege and honor to run for the Reny family and BWH! It will be a memory I will always cherish.” —Stephen Teague
”It felt good to raise funds to advance trauma healing as part of the Stepping Strong Marathon Team. Crossing the finish line was a good sense of accomplishment. I admit it was a rough race for me, but to be able to finish and know that I was running for Stepping Strong made it all worth it.” —Kyle Rogers
”Running the Boston Marathon was a life-changing experience … a gift I wish I could give to everyone else. I’m so glad I was able to join the Stepping Strong team with so many great people.” —Dan Rosquete
”Running the Boston Marathon wearing the Stepping Strong singlet was a life-changing experience. The team camaraderie, the endless support on weekend runs, the weekly messages from the Brigham, and constant gratitude from the Renys put everything into perspective. Have your “perspective” moment. Change lives, including your own, and run for Stepping Strong.” —Tynan Friend
”I was very proud to be running with Stepping Strong and representing such a wonderful cause. When the wind was blowing straight in my face running up Heartbreak Hill, I thought of Gillian, and it helped me keep going. I am honored to have been part of this team and will continue to support this cause for many years to come.” —Katey Mirch
“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
”Running for the Stepping Strong Team has changed my purpose for running the Boston Marathon. Instead of running for myself, I am now focused on supporting this amazing cause. It has been fun getting my hometown community involved—it’s cool that residents of a small Michigan town are now passionate advocates of Stepping Strong!” —Kim Aeschliman
”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
For information on making a leadership gift to the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund, please contact Catherine J. Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-424-4316.