The Boston Marathon Bombing, a childhood traumatic family event, a running bucket list and a way to give back all came together when I learned about the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation.
I cannot imagine where my family and I would be if not for the ironic, yet ultimately positive impact of a traumatic event in our lives. My daughter, Aimee, had a terrible fall when she was 9 years old. She had a compound open fracture, required six surgeries followed by months of physical therapy. She nearly lost her arm. Aimee turned her traumatic experience into her life’s work. Today she is in her 30’s and is a Nurse Ethicist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (yes the hospital that sponsors Stepping Strong!).
Because of the multiple professionals and resources including physical therapy, skilled nurses and doctors, as well as individual and family therapists, Aimee has thrived. She was able to find the silver lining that was part of her traumatic event.
Stepping Strong’s charity is the ideal way for me to re-pay all the professionals who help turn tragedy into hope.
While giving back I will also be able to fulfill a long-time dream of running the Boston Marathon with my family there to cheer me on. The stars have aligned for this year: the Stepping Strong charity, Aimee’s trauma, her current work at the Brigham, both adult daughters living in Boston, and the 2020 marathon occurring in the year I turn 60!
Running Down a Dream as part of the Stepping Strong Marathon Team!