HUECU Supports Stepping Strong Center at B.A.A. 10K

Jul 7, 2018 11:30:00 AM

On Sunday, June 24, the eighth annual B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, helped kick-off the summer season on Boston Common as 8,337 participants including a team of HUECU runners took to the 6.2-mile course through Boston’s Back Bay.

B.A.A. 10K Results

The race ended with Gabriel Geay of Tanzania winning a fierce sprint to capture the men’s crown in 28:24, while Kenya’s Mary Wacera held off 2015 Boston Marathon champion Caroline Rotich down the stretch for top women’s honors in 31:55.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) served as the presenting sponsor and exclusive fundraising partner of the B.A.A. 10K. Every day, patients and families come to BWH seeking compassionate caring and curing from world class experts in a wide range of disease areas. The B.A.A. 10K is an opportunity for the Brigham community to come together and show their support for BWH through participation in an iconic race through Boston’s beautiful and historic Back Bay.

The 6.2-mile course begins on Charles Street, winds down picturesque Commonwealth Avenue and Bay State Road as far west as Babcock Street near Boston University, before heading back on Commonwealth Avenue, around the Public Garden and finishing on Charles Street.

Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at BWH

This year, HUECU joined a team of participants at the B.A.A. 10K that raised funds for the Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at BWH. The Stepping Strong Center functions as a hub for research collaborations across medical disciplines and institutions, with a goal of transforming trauma care for civilians and military heroes who suffer from devastating traumatic injuries.   

The Center came about due to the heartbreaking tragedy that happened on April 15, 2013. When Gillian Reny stood near the finish line of the Boston Marathon with her parents, Steven and Audrey Epstein Reny, waiting for her sister Danielle to finish the race, two bombs went off right near them. When first responders rushed the Renys to BWH, Audrey and Steven were treated for minor injuries while doctors and nurses worked heroically to save Gillian’s life. In the process, they also saved both of her legs—a miraculous outcome. Today, nearly five years after the marathon bombings, Gillian continues her journey toward recovery and serves as a global ambassador for Stepping Strong.

“As the founders of Stepping Strong, we are so grateful for your support as it will enable us to further our vision of transforming care for civilian and military trauma survivors. In total over $27K was raised during the run (B.A.A. 10K) and we will put these dollars to work fueling multidisciplinary collaborations and innovations.” –Audrey Reny

HUECU was honored to be a part of the Stepping Strong team this year during the B.A.A. 10K this past June. We’re proud of to support Gillian’s recovery, the Reny family, and all those who receive world class treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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