Step Up for Stepping Strong

Step Up for Stepping Strong

Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation Co-founder Audrey Epstein Reny, daughter Gillian, and her family were among the 3,242 Step Up For Stepping Strong participants


During the month of September, 3,242 participants took part in the 2020 Step Up for Stepping Strong challenge to benefit The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The center was founded to transform care for trauma survivors by the Reny and Epstein families (pictured above) in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston marathon bombing that nearly took the life of their daughter Gillian. Participants came together and exceeded the target goal of 500M steps to support trauma survivors. To mark the accomplishment, program sponsor Cigna donated $100K to the center.

Special kudos to Triverus Consulting for being the top team with a daily average of 11,275 steps per team member!

Thanks to all participants, the center continues to make advances every day to help trauma survivors. There are many ways you can continue to support the work the center is doing to fuel advances in trauma healing and emergency preparedness:

  1. Join the Stepping Strong Team or create a company team for the first ever virtual B.A.A. 10K in November
  2. Organize your own virtual fundraiser
  3. Make a gift (individuals who donate $50 will receive a Stepping Strong hat)

Stay connected! Follow Stepping Strong on social media.


STEP UP IN THE NEWS

Cigna once again steps up and donates $100K to the Stepping Strong Center
In a year when the COVID-19 pandemic has made it challenging to be united, 3,242 participants nonetheless took 555 million collective steps in September during the 2020 Step Up for Stepping Strong challenge. Because the program steps goal was reached, Cigna donated $100K to the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation.

Cigna donates $100K to the Stepping Strong Center for second straight year
Cigna one once again teamed up with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2019 to champion Step Up for Stepping Strong. This year 3,200 volunteers tracked their daily steps in the monthly fitness challenge and when the combined steps total crossed the 300 million mark, Cigna donated $100,00 to The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation.

Cigna keeps challenge promise, donates $100K to Boston hospital center
A fundraiser at Brigham & Women’s Hospital asked supporters to use fitness trackers for month. If they tracked 100 million steps together, Cigna agreed to donate $100,000 to the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. It’s supporters exceeded their 100 million goal with the final count coming in at more than 200 million steps.

Fitness trackers being considered for hybrid cardiac rehab program
Wearable fitness trackers help people set goals and keep them. Now Brigham and Women’s Hospital is considering them as part of a new hybrid cardiac rehab program.


To learn more about how you can support or be part of the Step Up for Stepping Strong challenge, please contact Caroline Duncan at ceduncan@bwh.harvard.edu or 617-424-4263.