Happy Valentine’s Day from the Reny’s!

Dear Stepping Strong 5K Team,

Valentine’s Day is a good excuse for us to tell you how much we love your dedication and commitment to running the 2020 B.A.A. 5K to support The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. Our passion for supporting trauma survivors comes from our love for our precious daughter, our love for the amazing physicians at the Brigham who saved her, our love for cherished family and friends who helped us in our time of need, and our love for everyone who has joined the Stepping Strong family over the last 6 years. So thank you! Wishing you an extra special day and hope you get to spend it with your loved ones!

Xo Audrey, Steven, Danielle and Gillian



2020 Stepping Strong 5K Team Update #1

We are thrilled you have chosen to run and walk the B.A.A. 5K on Saturday, April 18 to benefit The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

For those who haven’t yet, don’t forget to set up your GoFundMe page by Friday, February 14 (directions below).

The GoFundMe setup includes your emergency contact information and t-shirt size to ensure you receive the correct size in time for race day.

**If you are NOT creating a GoFundMe Charity page and plan to make an outright donation or would like to SHARE a page with one or more runners, please email BWHteam@partners.org for next steps.

Fundraising Updates

All Brigham Stepping Strong 5K runners are required to raise a minimum of $150 by April 17 at midnight, but any runner who raises above and beyond the $150 minimum will be eligible for some great fundraising perks. Here’s how it will work:

  • RAISE $150 and receive a Stepping Strong T-shirt and entry to the post-race party at the Revere Hotel Boston
  • RAISE $300 and receive a Stepping Strong tumbler and be entered into a chance drawing for universal prizes like Amazon and Target gift cards!
  • RAISE $500 and receive a Stepping Strong beach blanket / towel
  • RAISE $1,000 or more and receive a Stepping Strong quarter zip pullover
  • RECEIVE THE MOST DONATIONS and receive a special Stepping Strong swag package
  • BE THE TOP FUNDRAISER and receive two court-side seats for a 2020-2021 Celtics Game

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to race day!

From start to finish,

Ali and the Brigham Running Team

Welcome from the Reny Family!

Dear runner,

We are so honored you have decided to participate in the B.A.A. 5K during Boston Marathon weekend to support The Gillian Reny Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Your fundraising efforts are not only meaningful to our family personally, but to all the trauma survivors who are benefiting from Stepping Strong Center funded research and programs.

When our family was standing at the finish line that fateful day in April 2013, we had no idea how, in just one instant, our lives would be forever changed. That is the nature of trauma; it is something unexpected that puts you on a path you never anticipated. We are forever grateful we landed at the Brigham. The emergency medical team worked miracles to save our daughter Gillian’s life and limbs and put our family back together again in the midst of chaos.

When we decided we wanted to give back to the medical heroes who helped us and the many other innocent survivors, we learned that trauma care was an under-recognized, underfunded area—despite some sobering realities. Trauma is the number one cause of death for people 46 years or younger, and accounts for 43 million emergency department visits each year. So, we established the Stepping Strong Center to become a new positive force of change. To date, we have raised more than $18 million, funded 28 innovative research teams, talked about trauma issues on national and local TV, and engaged more tens of thousands of people worldwide to join us on our mission—which now includes you!

Your commitment to participating in the B.A.A. 5K as a member of the Stepping Strong Team is another example of the kindness of the human spirit we experienced firsthand at the Brigham and from the Boston community. As you tie up your running shoes, know that you are now part of our Stepping Strong family that is transforming outcomes for survivors of traumatic injuries and events.

We are so grateful you have dedicated your training and fundraising to a cause that means so much to us. Thank you for joining our journey. Together, we are turning tragedy into hope.

With gratitude,

Audrey, Steven, Danielle and Gillian

PS: To learn about our mission through videos, newsletters, and more, visit BWHSteppingStrong.org.

Welcome to the 2020 Brigham Stepping Strong 5K Team!

Thank you for sending your B.A.A. 5K entry email, and welcome to the 2020 Brigham Stepping Strong 5K team! We appreciate your commitment to raise $150 per person on behalf of The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at the Brigham and look forward to running and walking with you on April 18.

What’s next? Complete the following check list to make sure you are fully registered for the team:

**If you are NOT creating a GoFundMe Charity page and plan to make an outright donation or would like to SHARE a page with one or more runners, please email BWHteam@partners.org.

Runner Portal: Using this link: https://5k.bwhevents.org/ you have access to all things related to the 5K with the Stepping Strong Team! Runners can easily access team updates, fundraising tips and tricks, instructions about receiving donations, key program dates and much more.

Check out the amazing fundraising incentives!

  • RAISE $150 and receive a Stepping Strong T-shirt and entry to the post-race party at the Revere Hotel Boston
  • RAISE $300 and receive a Stepping Strong tumbler and be entered into a chance drawing for universal prizes like Amazon and Target gift cards!
  • RAISE $500 and receive a Stepping Strong beach blanket / towel
  • RAISE $1,000 or more and receive a Stepping Strong quarter zip pullover
  • RECEIVE THE MOST DONATIONS and receive a special Stepping Strong swag package
  • BE THE TOP FUNDRAISER and receive two court-side seats for a 2020-2021 Celtics Game

If you have friends or family who are signed up to participate in the B.A.A. 5K, have them join the Stepping Strong team to run or walk with purpose and for great race day perks!

Thank you once again for joining us! If you have any questions, please contact us at BWHteam@partners.org.

From start to finish,

Ali Luthman and Caroline Duncan

P.S. If you have friends or family who missed out on securing a bib for the 5K and would like to join the Stepping Strong team, have them contact bwhteam@partners.org to share what inspires them to run with Stepping Strong and we will add them to the wait-list for one of our limited bibs.