BOSTON (CBS) – Gillian Reny’s legs were critically injured when the first bomb went off at the Boston Marathon in 2013.

In gratitude for the care Gillian received at Brigham and Women’s Hospital which saved her life and her legs, her family established The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund.

Gillian Reny (Photo courtesy Boston Globe)

Gillian Reny (Photo courtesy Boston Globe)

Gillian’s parents, Audrey & Steve, are running the marathon again this year to continue their quest to raise awareness about the need to expand trauma research, and to raise funds to support it. In two years, they have raised $6.7M, funded nine physician-scientist teams and established a fellowship to train the next generation of trauma surgeons.

Reny family (WBZ-TV)

Reny family (WBZ-TV)

They are also leading the Stepping Strong Blood Drive on One Boston Day:
Friday, April 15 | 9am -3pm
587 Boylston Street (across from CVS)
Book in advance at bwhevents.org/giveblood
Photo ID is required for new donors

Paula Ebben

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