Step Up For Stepping Strong

Step Up For Stepping Strong

Step Up for Stepping Strong participants took 617 million steps at places around the globe: Maine, California, Switzerland—even Phuket, Thailand!

Throughout May, which is Trauma Awareness Month, 5,360 participants took part in the annual Step Up for Stepping Strong challenge. Participants came together and exceeded the goal of 500M steps to support trauma survivors. To mark the accomplishment, program sponsor Cigna donated $100,000 to The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Special kudos to Pegasystems for being the top team with a daily average of 10,952 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. Make a gift (individuals who donate $25 will receive a face gaiter; $50 will receive a hat)
  2. Apply to run the 125th Boston Marathon in October with the Stepping Strong Team
  3. Organize your own virtual fundraiser

Stay connected! Follow Stepping Strong on social media.


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 or 617-424-4263.