Why I Run

My name is Kayla Lewkowicz, and I’m from Hopkinton, MA, home of the Boston Marathon.

That's how I always introduce myself—that's how important the Boston Marathon is to me.

This year, I resolved to do more things that scare me. Running an entire marathon definitely qualifies for this ex-collegiate sprinter! I wanted my first (and let's be real, only) marathon to count for something bigger. I'm thrilled that I'm able to raise money for Brigham & Women's Hospital as part of my marathon journey. 

If you have $26.20 to spare, please consider donating to this incredible organization. At Colby, we always said we carried the team on our backs. I'll be writing the names of each and every donor on my shirt come race day—you'll be right there with me.

Take a read below to learn more about the Stepping Strong Center and why it's so important to anyone who cares about saving lives and making the world a better place:

Nearly five years ago, 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 (BWH), where doctors and nurses saved her life and both of her legs. In gratitude to BWH, the Reny family established  The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation with a mission of transforming outcomes for civilian and military heroes worldwide who have suffered devastating traumatic injuries. 

To date, the center has raised more than $12 million. But much more needs to be done. Although trauma accounts for 41 million emergency department visits a year, funding for trauma research and care remains scarce.   When you support a member of the 2018 BWH Stepping Strong Marathon Team, you are helping BWH turn tragedy into hope for trauma patients like Gillian so they can regain their strength and ability to step strong once again.   

Thank you for supporting this extraordinary group of runners and continuing to honor the Boston Strong spirit that still defines our city today. Learn more about the Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation.

Donate here to make a difference.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Stepping Strong Marathon Team is proud to participate in the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program.