5K 5 Days of Giveaways: Halfway mark!

The B.A.A. 5K with the Stepping Strong Team is finally here! Good luck to everyone walking and running this weekend.

We are 186 teammates strong and have raised $38,140 to our goal of $50.000. Did you know if each individual on the team raised an additional $64, we would reach our goal?!

Sample Social Media Post

I am so excited because the virtual 5K starts this weekend! [Today/Tomorrow], I will be running with the Stepping Strong team to support the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. Our team’s goal is simple: turn tragedy into hope.

Insert photo and story of someone you are participating in honor or in memory of (if applicable) or share Gillian’s story

Please consider supporting my run today with a donation. Together, we can help countless military and civilian trauma patients in Boston and beyond. Any amount will make a big difference!

Thank you for your love and support!

[insert link to your GoFundMe page]

Send us your photos and videos

Email BWHteam@partners.org or post on social media using the hashtags #SteppingStrong and #RunningTogetherApart. Make sure to follow and tag us on Instagram @steppingstrongcenter, on Facebook and on Twitter @steppingstrong1.

Did You Know?

Stepping Strong award recipient, Matthew Carty, MD, revolutionized the way amputations are performed using a groundbreaking new surgical procedure.

  • The Stepping Strong-funded Ewing Amputation, named after Jim Ewing, the first patient to undergo the procedure after a rock-climbing accident, allows amputation patients to interface with next-generation prostheses to restore fine movement and sensation. 

  • Hugh Herr, PhD, from the Center for Extreme Bionics at MIT, who himself is a double amputee, collaborated with Carty to develop the procedure and designed a robotic prosthesis capable of acting like a natural limb. 

  • Dr. Carty has performed 26 lower-limb Ewing Procedure amputations: 22 below the knee and 4 above the knee.
  • With a new DoD grant, Carty’s team recently repurposed the Ewing Procedure for upper limbs and has already performed 1 above the elbow and 1 below the elbow, with 2 more scheduled.
  • Carty has received more than $20 million in external funding, greatly increasing the numbers of patients who can benefit from this procedure.
  • In this amazing video, Jim Ewing returns to the site of his accident to climb once again. Now, when Jim moves his phantom limb, the re-connected muscles move in dynamic pairs and he experiences natural sensations of ankle-foot movements.

Fundraising Deadline Reminder

The deadline to raise or donate the amount you committed to on GoFundMe is 11:59PM on 4/18. When you registered, you were not charged your commitment. If you plan to make an outright donation, we encourage you to do so now. Please let us know if you need help.

Don’t forget, the more you raise, the more perks you get!

If you have any questions, please contact BWHteam@partners.org.

From start to finish,

Ali, Alexa and Caroline