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In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy, The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation hosted a series of events that led up to the 127th Boston Marathon during a week called, Stepping Strong: A Week of Hope and Healing.

The week of events focused on transforming trauma care and celebrating the resiliency and strength of the people of Boston. Please see below for more information about each event.

Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence

The Stepping Strong Center Injury Prevention Program hosted a hybrid event in collaboration with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Gun Violence Prevention, and the We Are Better Together Warren Daniel Hairston Project. Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence presented two short films, Behind the Bullets and Quiet Rooms, and a panel discussion with an introduction from Brigham and Women’s Hospital President, Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA.

The Second Annual Stepping Strong Grand Rounds Lecture was a hybrid event that featured David King, MD, Acute Care Surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, who treated victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing shortly after completing the race himself.

On the 10th anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) held its annual 5K race. Stepping Strong team members committed to raising $150 for trauma research and care.

After the race, a celebratory brunch was held with remarks from the Reny family and Co-Medical Director, Ali Salim, MD.

On the 10th anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Stepping Strong Center hosted blood drives, Stop the Bleed demonstrations, and distributed educational materials as well as Stepping Strong gear.

These activities aligned with the mission of One Boston Day which celebrates the resiliency, generosity, and strength demonstrated by the people of Boston and around the world in response to the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy.

From the Stepping Strong cheering section at Heartbreak Hill in Newton, we cheered on our team of 156 runners as they took the 26.2 mile journey from Hopkinton to Boston during the 127th Boston Marathon.

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