2023 Marathon: Alev Cansever for Stepping Strong

Above: A Southborough resident is using the 2023 Boston Marathon to raise funds for (images cropped from fundraising page and charity website)

[The Boston Marathon always includes a pack of runners from our town.  Between now and Patriots Day, I’m featuring stories of resident runners donning bibs for a cause]

A week from Monday, Southborough’s Alev Canseve will be running in her first Boston Marathon. The funds she is raising will support a special center at the hospital that helps trauma victims. Cansaver writes that the cause is personal to her:

As a social worker at the Brigham I see first hand the importance of trauma research and ensure people can access treatment. 

As her fundraiser notes, The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation is directly linked to the tragic bombing at the Marathon ten years ago:

In 2013, Boston was changed forever when a beautiful Marathon Monday turned into a senseless tragedy. Gillian Reny, then a high school senior, was one of the 39 critically injured patients rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where doctors and nurses saved her life and both of her legs. In gratitude to the Brigham, the Reny family established The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation to help other trauma patients like Gillian regain their strength and ability to step strong once again.

The mission of The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation is to catalyze multidisciplinary collaborations that inspire groundbreaking innovation, effective prevention, and compassionate intervention to transform care for civilians and military heroes who endure traumatic injuries and events. Stepping Strong funded initiatives are making a profound difference for trauma patients and their families worldwide. 


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To read more and support her fundraiser, click here. To learn more about the non-profit, click here.

[Note: If you are a Southborough resident using the Marathon to raise funds/awareness for a cause, please reach out with your information. Email mysouthborough@gmail.com.]

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