Turning Tragedy into Hope

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital April 15, 2015

Gillian Reny (second from left) and her family after the 2014 Boston Marathon

In honor of the spirit, resiliency, and strength our city showed in response to the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh declared April 15 as One Boston Day. With this new tradition, the mayor invites Bostonians to “come together, spread goodwill throughout the city, and recommit ourselves to our deepest values.”

The bombings tested our community and our hospital as never before. But as Betsy Nabel, MD, President of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) said, “As I reflect upon that day and our hospital-wide response, my most vivid memories are of the acts of humanity that shone through the tragedy.”

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Helping People Step Strong after Trauma

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital April 21, 2014

Gillian and her family hope that the Stepping Strong Fund helps others with traumatic injuries.

Imagine a world where patients with severe limb injuries – like survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings – could hope for better recoveries, with muscle, cartilage, and bone regenerated.

That vision draws closer every day, according to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) researchers. They are hopeful that a new initiative, the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund, will fuel breakthroughs for patients with traumatic, athletic, military, and disease-related injuries.

A year ago, Audrey Epstein Reny and Steven Reny were standing near the Boston Marathon finish line with their daughter Gillian, cheering on the runners and waiting for their oldest daughter Danielle to cross. When the bombs went off, the Renys were among the many innocent bystanders who were injured, Gillian critically.

The family was rushed to BWH, where clinicians worked to save Gillian’s life — and both of her legs. On that tragic day, dozens of patients were treated at BWH for similar injuries.

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Last-Minute Tips for Marathon Runners

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital April 3, 2014

Make sure that you're prepared for race day before you head to Hopkinton – and the finish line. (Photo by Steve Gilbert)

Last month, Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, Surgical Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Women’s Sports Medicine Program and Team Physician for Stonehill College Athletics, offered runners important advice on how to prevent overuse injuries, which account for over 20 percent of running injuries in the leg. Now, with the Boston Marathon only days away, she has some last-minute tips for avoiding injuries and other problems on race day.

Hopefully, you and the thousands of runners training for the Marathon have avoided the most common overuse injuries of the legs by having trained properly over the past few months. The numerous hours and miles of training are now complete, and the last bits of preparation can begin.

Here are a few last-minute tips for avoiding injuries and other problems on April 21:

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Go, Team Brigham, Go!

Posted by Blog Administrator April 13, 2012

Team Brigham Boston Marathon Runners

Team Brigham runners: (top) Katie Cavalier, Theresa Bradt, Katie Fallon; (bottom) Jorge Delgado; Dr. Peter Warinner

For most of the nation, next Monday, April 16, will be a normal Monday. Here in Massachusetts, however, we’ll observe Patriots’ Day (a civic holiday commemorating the first battles of the Revolutionary War). And in Boston, we’ll celebrate Marathon Monday.

This Monday, more than 25,000 runners, strengthened by months (sometimes years) of training, will power their way through the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon route. Among these dedicated athletes, 56 runners will race for Team Brigham – raising funds for community health programs in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

A few facts about the Boston Marathon: It is the world’s oldest annual marathon (started in 1897). For those who live in the neighborhoods along the marathon’s course – which starts in Hopkinton, continues through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton and Brookline, then finishes in Boston’s Copley Square – it’s also a community tradition. Boston’s marathon is the most widely-viewed sporting event in New England – with about 500,000 spectators lining the route each year, cheering on runners and providing them free water and snacks.

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