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Mayor Walsh Joins the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund, along with Boston Marathon Survivors in a One Boston Day Blood Drive

Stepping Strong Blood Drive 2016

In recognition of One Boston Day, Mayor Walsh will join Boston Marathon survivors and founders of the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund as they host the Stepping Strong Fund blood drive on April 15 just past finish line of the Marathon on Boylston Street in Copley Square.

In celebration of the spirit of resilience and hope that was displayed across Boston in the aftermath of the April 15, 2013 attack on our city, the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is hosting this blood drive to benefit patients supported by the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Eligible donors will be able to give blood aboard the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Blood Mobile from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m and will receive Stepping Strong thank you bracelets. 

Accident victims as well as people undergoing treatment for cancer transplant recipients, and many other patients depend on transfusions to control their bleeding. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for these patients. On the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, Stepping Strong is sponsoring the blood drive to support the Mayor in his effort to encourage the citizens of Boston to reach out, give back and epitomize the spirit of the city we love.

When: On #OneBostonDay April 15, 2016 (Mayor Walsh @ 10:30am)

Where: Copley Square

How: Schedule an appointment at the drive go to

Advance scheduling is recommended; walk-ins are welcome as time permits.            

Email the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at or call 617-632-3206  to learn more about your eligibility. In general, to donate blood, you should be at least 17 years old, 110 pounds or heavier, and in good health.

Images via facebook/steppingstrong

About the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund:

Gillian Reny and her family stood at the finish line waiting to see her sister Danielle cross the finish line. When two bombs went off, a beautiful day turned into heartbreaking tragedy for the Reny family and all of Boston. Gillian, a gifted 18-year-old dancer, was critically injured and rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) where a multidisciplinary trauma team saved her life and her legs. In February of 2014, out of gratitude to these medical heroes, the Reny family established the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund to transform outcomes for trauma survivors and wounded warriors through innovative research, world class training and collaborative care.  To date the fund has raised over $6.7 million, funded 10 physician-scientist research teams and engaged 10,000+ supporters from around the globe. To learn more about the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund visit: