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BWH Stepping Strong Marathon Team

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BENEFITING: Brigham and Women's Hospital

ORGANIZER: Brigham and Women's Hospital

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Christopher Dobens

THE STORY:

On April 15, 2013, my life was forever changed. Following the tragic marathon bombings that took place a few blocks from my freshman residence hall at Emerson, I did whatever I could to process what was going on. Ultimately, I felt helpless. I had friends at the finish line and running the race, and the only thing I could think about was their safety and how I could make a difference.

Within hours, I discovered what my purpose would be in the healing to follow.

With my RAs, we created a shirt that would soon be a rally cry for this great city. With "Boston Strong" emblazened on the front in big yellow letters, a movement was born. Our original goal was only to sell 110 shirts. We soon realized that we would far surpass that goal, and have now sold over 70,000 items and raised over 1 million dollars for the  victims and their families of that fateful day. 

I chose to run for the Stepping Strong team because I've seen first hand how trauma can affect the people you love. I want to do whatever I can to help patients of trauma regain the strength they once had, and go beyond what they could have imagined possible. 

Below is more information on the Stepping Strong team and the Reny family. Please take the time to read their inspirational story and see how one family's struggle turned into a beam of hope for thousands. 

On April 15, 2013, Gillian Reny was one of the many innocent bystanders critically injured at the finish line in the Boston Marathon bombings. She was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), where doctors and nurses worked heroically to save her life—and both of her legs. In gratitude to BWH, the Reny family established the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation to help trauma patients like Gillian regain their strength and ability to step strong once again. To date, the center has raised more than $9 million to support trauma innovation and recovery while upholding the Boston Strong spirit that defined the aftermath of the marathon tragedy. 

Although trauma accounts for 41 million Emergency Department visits a year and is the leading cause of death for people ages 1-46 in the United States, funding for trauma research and care is scarce. The 2017 BWH Stepping Strong Marathon Team will advance BWH’s commitment to turn tragedy into hope for citizens, military personnel, and families worldwide who have been impacted by the devastation of traumatic injuries and events.

Thank you for supporting this extraordinary group of runners. Learn more about the Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Stepping Strong Marathon Team is proud to participate in the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program.

$6,894

MONEY RAISED
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  • Nancy Silva

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Grace Galloway

    $25

  • Zivah S.

    $25

  • Hunter Pattershall

    $25

  • Nick Lowe

    $50

  • Clare Chan

     

  • Stephanie Bailey

    $10

  • Lu Ann Reeb

    $25

  • Allison Penn

     

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Adrian Adamo

     

  • Jen Gasbarro

    $10

  • Heather & Hollis Smith

    $50

  • Kathy Abreu

    $10

  • Kathleen Bovill

    $50

  • Virginia Hutton

    $10

  • Sam Doran

    $20

  • Fernando Gutierrez

    $15

  • Lu Ann Reeb, Professor at Emerson College

    $25

  • Avery Mann

    $25

  • AJ Gerritson

    $100

  • Rey Sawan

     

  • Jen Gasbarro

    $20

  • Jennifer Gasbarro

    $25

  • Caitlin Brown

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Stacy Walsh

     

  • Susie Anderson

     

  • Kate Lizotte

    $25

  • Emily Townsend

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $143

  • Anonymous

     

  • Katrina Brown

    $20

  • Misha Strage

    $25

  • Alaina

    $50

  • Margarita Ramos

     

  • Derek Thomson

     

  • ESTAVANIK FAMILY

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $160

  • Cheryl Boss

    $50

  • The Reever's

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $210

  • Brandon

    $26.20

  • Arthur Sullivan

    $100

  • A1 Flooring Solutions

    $150

  • CrossFit Palestine

    $120

  • Kristin Boucher

    $25

  • Luke Fogel

     

  • David Strage

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Brendan Scully

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Carl and Jordan Gustafson; Abigail and Sandra Blatchford

     

  • Inktothepeople.com, LLC

    $2,458.07

  • Inktothepeople.com, LLC

    $1,115.16

  • Inktothepeople.com, LLC

    $307.61

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69% Raised of$10,000 Goal

The Team: $1,151,095 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Audrey and Steven Reny

Amount Raised

$226,701

Fundraiser Title

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Amount Raised

$27,889

 

2% Raised of$1,150,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Evren Ozargun

Amount Raised

$21,835

Fundraiser Title

David and Joyce

Amount Raised

$16,190

 

108% Raised of$15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jacquie and Elly

Amount Raised

$15,713

 

102% Raised of$15,413 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ray and Ryan deQuintal

Amount Raised

$15,134

 

101% Raised of$15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Andres Saenz Laura Villalobos

Amount Raised

$15,000

 

100% Raised of$15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Rebecca Riff

Amount Raised

$13,560

 

136% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Inktothepeople.com, LLC

Inktothepeople.com, LLC

DONATION: $307.61

11 months ago

Inktothepeople.com, LLC

Inktothepeople.com, LLC

DONATION: $1,115.16

1 year ago

Inktothepeople.com, LLC

Inktothepeople.com, LLC

DONATION: $2,458.07

3 years ago

Carl and Jordan Gustafson; Abigail and Sandra Blatchford

Carl and Jordan Gustafson; Abigail and Sandra Blatchford

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Brendan Scully

Brendan Scully

DONATION: $25

Love you brother! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

David Strage

David Strage

DONATION: $50

In memory 3 years ago

Luke Fogel

Luke Fogel

3 years ago