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 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