Jake Gyllenhaal and Heartbreak Hill Running Company Partner for New Sportswear Line to Benefit Spaulding Rehabilitation
New “Run Well, Do Good” sportswear proceeds go towards Spaulding’s care and research programs.
BOSTON, MA – The spirit of Boston Strong created by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings continues to foster opportunities for giving back. Among the most prominent of the survivors is Jeff Bauman, who wrote a best-selling book and was portrayed in the film Stronger by Jake Gyllenhaal. While filming, Jake immersed himself in Boston’s community, including connecting with Heartbreak Hill Running Company co-founder Dan Fitzgerald, as well as many of the hospitals that cared for survivors, like Spaulding. In recognition of the 10 years since that difficult day, Jake Gyllenhaal and Heartbreak co-founder Dan Fitzgerald teamed up to launch Run Well, Do Good, a classic gym-wear capsule that will raise money for Spaulding Rehabilitation research and care programs.
"I am so grateful for the genuine friendships made in Jeff Bauman and subsequently Dan Fitzgerald, who became my running buddy on the streets of Boston while filming there. Run Well, Do Good is born out of those special relationships and a real desire to figure out how to give back to the amazing work Spaulding Rehabilitation does," said Jake Gyllenhaal.
Funds raised will support Spaulding Rehabilitation’s most pressing needs, including innovative enhancements to patient care, and groundbreaking research. Spaulding is also an Official Charity of the 128th Boston Marathon with its “Race for Rehab” team, which has raised millions of dollars in its over 20 years.
“As a Bostonian, it's a really special opportunity to be able to give to Spaulding, one of our brightest institutions. Jeff's story inspired the city and inspired Jake to share it on film. I'm deeply grateful to Jeff and Jake for bringing themselves so fully into this project. Run Well, Do Good reflects the ethos of our running community, its intentions, and its spirit of camaraderie through the hardest moments and the simplest ones among friends,” said Dan Fitzgerald.
Those interested in learning more about Spaulding’s Race for Rehab Boston Marathon Team should visit www.raceforrehab.org, or contact Amanda Shuman, Director of Leadership Programs, Events & Special Projects.
“The events of 2013 struck at the core of Boston and all of us at Spaulding were so proud to be there to support our city in the most urgent time of need. That time highlighted the critical need for rehabilitative medicine which Jake learned about when filming “Stronger”. We are so grateful to Jake and Dan for creating this opportunity for people to support the world-class care and cutting-edge research at Spaulding,” said Steven Patrick, Chief Development Officer, Spaulding Rehabilitation.
About Spaulding Rehabilitation
A member of the Mass General Brigham Health System, Spaulding Rehabilitation includes Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, with a main campus in Charlestown the 2nd ranked in the nation for rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report, along with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cambridge, Spaulding Rehabilitation Nursing and Therapy Center Brighton, and over 25 outpatient sites throughout Eastern Massachusetts. An acclaimed teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and home to the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding is recognized as a top residency program in the U.S. in the Doximity Residency Navigator. Spaulding also was recognized by the 2023 Disability Equality Index as a “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.” For more information, visit www.spauldingrehab.org.