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Brigham & Women's Hospital - Life. Giving. Breakthroughs.
  Dept of Medicine

Reny FamilyLeft to right: The Reny family (Steven, Danielle, Gillian, and Audrey) are joined by Matthey Carty, MD, and John and Stephanie Connaughton, funders of Dr. Carty’s Stepping Strong Innovator Awards project.

Dear friends,

Happy new year to one and all! When we established the Stepping Strong Fund almost one year ago, we set an ambitious goal: to raise $3 million for life-saving innovations in medical research, care, and training to help patients recover from traumatic, athletic, military, or disease-related injuries. Now, as we enter 2015, we are achieving—and surpassing—our goals and have so many reasons to be grateful. With your help, we have raised nearly $3.8 million, gained international awareness and support, and provided a much-needed voice for trauma survivors. The momentum is incredible, and we’re excited to move forward at full speed.

Stepping Strong Innovator Awards. Recently, two trauma-related research teams received $100,000 seed grants through the inaugural Stepping Strong Innovator Awards competitions. We are so grateful to everyone who made these competitions a success—from the 18 researchers who submitted applications, to the multidisciplinary medical experts who narrowed down the field to six finalists, to our review panelists, to the more than 4,100 worldwide voters. You can read more about the winning projects in the Transforming Trauma Research section below.

Stepping Strong Trauma Fellowship. Having allocated more than $1.3 million to trauma research through the Stepping Strong Innovator Awards and the Stepping Strong Research Scholars programs, it gives us great pleasure to announce the third of our three program areas, the Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellowship, is now underway. This fellowship, the first of its kind, was officially approved by the Partners Education Committee in December, paving the way for Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) to train the next generation of plastic surgeons in advanced, innovative techniques for treating acute and complex traumatic injuries. Meet the physician-scientists who are designing this innovative education program.

Marathon Weekend. We are excited to be running the B.A.A. 5K race for the second year in a row (details on the right). We are also delighted to welcome 32 awesome runners to the 2015 Stepping Strong Marathon Team. With their passion and your support, we hope to raise record-breaking funds this year.

Last, please join us in sending thoughts and prayers to the family of Dr. Michael J. Davidson, a BWH doctor who died in another traumatic and senseless act of violence on January 20.

With love and gratitude,
Audrey, Steven, Danielle, and Gillian


Transforming Trauma Research

Marathon Video
Pink areas indicate voting activity for the Stepping Strong Innovator Awards. 4,100 people from 36 countries and 50 states participated.

After months of preparation, an international, public voting competition, and a privately judged, closed-door competition, we are thrilled to congratulate the two inaugural winners of the Stepping Strong Innovator Awards. Read interviews with Matthew Carty, MD, and George Dyer, MD.


Support the Stepping Strong Fund

Stepping Strong Donate Now
Thank you for your support! For more information about the Stepping Strong Fund, or to make a leadership gift, please contact Terry McGowan, senior director of research and principal gifts, at or 617-424-4316.


Thank You for
Your Support

$3.4M Raised


Upcoming Stepping Strong Events

SoulCycle Charity Ride
February 1
We invite biking enthusiasts to consider participating in a SoulCycle charity ride to support Stepping Strong. Our heartfelt thanks to Carol Sharp and Tricia Winton for hosting this event. To reserve your bike or make a donation, view the invitation or contact Carol.

2015 B.A.A. 5K Race
April 18
Be part of the excitement of marathon weekend by joining the 2015 Stepping Strong 5K Team. Registration opens at 10am on February 4. This race fills up quickly, so register that day if you’d like to run. For details, see flyer or contact Caroline Duncan.

2015 Boston Marathon
April 20
It may be chilly out, but that hasn’t stopped the Stepping Strong Marathon Team from training for this historic race. Check out the Crowdrise fundraising page, where you will find links to support individual Stepping Strong runners or the entire team.


Did You Know?

According to Stepping Strong Research Scholar Julie Glowacki, PhD, “A phenomenon occurs in marine bony fishes that may hold information about bone formation that could help patients with skeletal deficiencies.”  Read more.