Congratulations and thank you!

Congratulations and thank you to our 2021 Stepping Strong teammates who ran or walked the virtual B.A.A. 5K® this weekend! We are grateful for our more than 190 individuals who raised more than $50,000 to advance trauma research and care!

5K 5 Days of Giveaways

Congratulations to our 10 winners of 5K 5 Days of Giveaways!

  • Day 1 Winners:
    • Jeannie Blasberg
    • Mary Marshall
  • Day 2 Winners:
    • Donna Woonteiler
    • Melissa Ellis
  • Day 3 Winners:
    • Rick “Smiles” Jerome
    • Russell Lew
  • Day 4 Winners:
    • Kathryn Conway
    • Katharine Francis
  • Day 5 Winners:
    • Jane Frank
    • Rebecca Mann

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.

Don’t Forget – Great Perks!

Participants who raise $200+ by April 30 will receive the great fundraising perks listed below. The more you raise, the more perks you get. All runners who qualify for fundraising incentives will be emailed separately to confirm sizing (if applicable) and your mailing address.

Thank you again for participating in the virtual B.A.A. 5K with the Stepping Strong Team. We look forward to running and walking with you again next year and HOPE to see you in person soon.

From start to finish,

Ali, Alexa and Caroline  

P.S. Looking for your next challenge?! Think about running the Virtual B.A.A. 10K® with Stepping Strong in June or Falmouth Road Race in August! Reach out to BWHteam@partners.org to learn more.

5K 5 Days of Giveaways: LAST DAY

Today is the final day of the 5K 5 Days of Giveaways! The individual who raises the most money OR receives the most donations will receive awesome Stepping Strong prizes. All winners will be announced Monday. 

Fundraising Commitment Deadline

The deadline to raise the amount you agreed upon when registering on GoFundMe is tonight, April 18 at 11:59PM. If you do not meet the amount agreed upon at that time, your credit card will be charged the difference to get you to your commitment.

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.

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

From start to finish,

Ali, Alexa and Caroline  

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  

One Boston Day Message from the Reny Family

Dear Stepping Strong Teammates,

April 15th, now known as One Boston Day, marks the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy. Each year, my family pauses on this day, with both sadness and strength in our hearts, to reflect back on the life-changing events that occurred eight years ago. In honor of One Boston Day, I hope you are inspired to embrace the Boston Strong spirit by recognizing the good in our community and spreading acts of kindness.

Despite these uncertain times, we feel the power of the global community coming together for the common good. This is not news to us; it is how Boston rallied in 2013 in the wake of the marathon bombings. In this city, you don’t mess with us! We are resilient and we pull together to take care of one another.

We are humbled to say that this spirit lives on in the Stepping Strong Center. It defines how we tackle the complex issues that face trauma patients, how we collaborate to develop innovative solutions that improve lives, and how we strive to educate the next generation of medical leaders.

We are so excited to come together for the virtual B.A.A. 5K with the Stepping Strong Team this weekend! Knowing we will run and walk all over the world, with a unified purpose of helping trauma survivors, is incredibly motivating and inspiring to all of us. Our family established The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation with a vision of transforming trauma research and care and your efforts enable us to fund the brilliant physician-scientists who are turning that vision into reality. 

Make sure to send pictures and videos from your virtual 5K to BWHteam@partners.org or post on social media using the hashtags #SteppingStrong and #RunningTogetherApart. And please follow and tag us on Instagram @steppingstrongcenter, on Facebook and on Twitter @steppingstrong1.

You are a critical part of our Stepping Strong family. Thank you for supporting this meaningful work and raising the funds that make it all happen. And thank you for helping us turn unanticipated tragedies into hope.

Xo Audrey, Steven, Danielle and Gillian

5K 5 Days of Giveaways: STARTS NOW!

Today is Day One of the 5K 5 Days of Giveaways – start fundraising!

Sample Social Media Post

Do you want to make a difference for a special cause? If so, you’ve come to the right place! This weekend, I will be participating in the virtual B.A.A. 5K 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]

Race Day Shirt 

By now, all participants should have received their race day shirt via UPS. If you have not received your shirt, please email BWHteam@partners.org!  

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.

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

From start to finish,

Ali, Alexa and Caroline  

5K 5 Days of Giveaways: STARTS TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is the start of the 5K 5 Days of Giveaways!

How it works: The individual who raises the most money OR receives the most donations will receive awesome Stepping Strong prizes. We are picking TWO winners each day, so start fundraising now to make sure you are entered into the chance drawing. All winners will be announced at the end of the five days. 

Sample Social Media Post

This weekend, I will be participating in the virtual B.A.A. 5K 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?

The Stepping Strong Center is home to a vibrant and ever-expanding community of people like you who are committed to transforming outcomes for trauma patients.

  • More than 1,200 runners have participated in Stepping Strong road races.
  • There are 110 Stepping Strong-affiliated faculty in the Mass General Brigham system and beyond.
  • The Stepping Strong Medical Executive Committee consists of 20 leading physicians and researchers from 11 academic institutions with expertise in plastic and orthopedic surgery, bioengineering, and basic science.
  • Stepping Strong award recipient Eric Goralnick, MD, has trained more than 3,000 people – including the entire staff at Gillette Stadium – to save lives through proper use of tourniquets.
  • The Stepping Strong Center has more than 7,500 social media followers in Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join us!

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

From start to finish,

Ali, Alexa and Caroline  

One week until the virtual B.A.A. 5K® with the Stepping Strong Team!

We are one week away from the start of the virtual B.A.A. 5K with the Stepping Strong Team!

5K 5 Days of Giveaways

There are TEN chances to win awesome Stepping Strong prizes Wednesday, April 14 and runs until Sunday, April 18! 

How it works: Two winners will be selected each day (the individual who raises the most money OR receives the most donations) to receive Stepping Strong prizes.

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!

Race shirts are being mailed Monday!  

If you do not receive by April 14 via UPS please let us know so we can track down your shirt in time for race day!

Send us your race day 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.

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

From start to finish,

Ali, Alexa and Caroline  

2021 Stepping Strong 5K Team: Update #4, March Madness Winners and the 5K 5 Days of Giveaways!

We are just two weeks away from the start of the 2021 virtual B.A.A. 5K® with the Stepping Strong Team! Congratulations to our teammates for raising $24,057 to-date. Keep up the great work everyone!

MARCH MADNESS WINNERS

Congratulations to our final two winners Dan Garvey and Emily Lafleur!

5K 5 Days of Giveaways

Didn’t win March Madness? Don’t worry, there are TEN more chances to win awesome Stepping Strong prizes from April 14 – 18! How it works: Two winners will be selected each day (the individual who raises the most money OR receives the most donations) to receive Stepping Strong prizes.

Don’t Forget – Great Fundraising Perks!

Check out how close you are to the next fundraising level! Participants who raise $200 or more by April 26 will receive the perks at the fundraising level you qualify for. Don’t forget, the more you raise, the more perks you get.

Sample Social Media Post

In two weeks, I will be participating in the virtual B.A.A. 5K with the Stepping Strong Team to support the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. Support my run today with a donation to turn tragedy into hope for countless military and civilian trauma patients in Boston and beyond.

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

Thank you for your love and support!

[insert link to your GoFundMe page]

Race Shirt Mailing

Race shirts will be mailed next week! If your address has changed from what you used to register on GoFundMe, please email BWHteam@partners.org with your new address ASAP to avoid delays. Everyone who registered by March 12 is guaranteed their shirt size.

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

From start to finish,

Ali, Alexa and Caroline  

Check out the 5K fundraising level gifts!

We’re almost halfway to our goal of $50,000, great work everyone!

Check out the gifts you will receive when you raise $200 or more by April 26. It’s as simple as asking 5 people to make a gift of $50 to qualify for the tumbler and medal, or better yet, ask 5 people to make a gift of $100 and you could pick between the beach towel or the tote. We’ll help you get started, use the sample copy below and send an email or post on social media. And don’t forget, everyone who makes a self-gift of $25 will receive a Stepping Strong head scarf!

Sample Social Media Post

During Patriot’s Day weekend (April 16-18), I will be participating in the virtual B.A.A. 5K with the Stepping Strong team. I look forward to raising money to support the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. Support my run today with a donation to turn tragedy into hope for countless military and civilian trauma patients in Boston and beyond.

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

Thank you for your love and support!

[insert link to your GoFundMe page]

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

From start to finish,

Ali, Alexa and Caroline  

2021 Stepping Strong 5K Team: Update #3 & March Madness Winners

One month from today, runners and walkers from across the world will be lacing up their sneakers to participate in the virtual B.A.A. 5K® with the Stepping Strong team.

MARCH MADNESS WINNERS – Half Way Through!

Congratulations to Karen Bruynell and duo Amy Spindler & Andrew Bullen for winning the first two weeks of March Madness!

There are two more chances to win and this is how it works: All individuals who raise at least $200 AND post on social media using the hashtag #SteppingStrong (or reach out to your network via email if you don’t have social media) will be entered into a chance drawing to receive custom Stepping Strong Swag!

Recruit your friends and family!

The benefit of going virtual is that anyone can participate. There is still plenty of time so encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to join the Stepping Strong team today by clicking here.

Stepping Strong Shirt

Everyone who registered by March 12 is guaranteed their shirt size. If you registered after the 12th don’t worry, we still have shirts sizes available! Race shirts will be mailed the second week in April, so they arrive before you complete your virtual 5K. Please email BWHteam@partners.org if you mailing address has changed since you registered.

Fundraising Levels

While all teammates were required to agree to their commitment on GoFundMe, you can still go above and beyond to be eligible for some great perks! Check it out below.

Did You Know?

Trauma is a neglected global crisis.

  • Trauma is the No. 1 cause of death for people under the age of 46 and is the third overall leading cause of death
  • Traumatic injuries account for 3 million non-fatal injuries per year
  • 41 million emergency room visits per year are attributed to trauma
  • In the U.S., the cost from traumatic injuries is nearly $7 billion a year
  • Less than 2 percent of the federal budget is dedicated to traumatic injury research projects
  • Up to 20% of traumatic deaths are preventable, but up to 80% of deaths from hemorrhage are considered preventable 

We are proud to say that Stepping Strong Center-funded physician scientists are making an enormous difference for civilian and military patients who suffer from traumatic injuries or events.

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

From start to finish,

Ali, Alexa and Caroline