Kristine Babcock will complete her second Run to Home Base on July 23 with the North Shore Community College Veterans team in tow. As a former Aviation Electronics Technician in the Navy, Babcock has a soft spot in her heart for the Military. “If you’re a Vet, you love being around other Vets.”
The Run to Home Base is a special event that celebrates our Military Heroes and raises necessary funds for Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program. Home Base works to heal the invisible wounds of war for Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. Invisible wounds include post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and other issues associated with the deployment cycle.
Babcock serves as the Veteran Services Coordinator at NSCC, guiding Student Veterans through activating their G.I. Bill and administering education benefits. Her program brings in outside programs such as Home Base to support NSCC’s Student Vets.
“I run for the combat Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s the majority of my students. I’ve seen firsthand how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) effect Vets personal, educational and professional lives. I want to bring more awareness to that so civilians know what it’s all about—they hear about what PTSD is, but they don’t understand how it affects Vets.”
Although Babcock enjoyed her first Run to Home Base in 2015, she was surprised about one aspect of the race. “Before we got to Fenway, I was thinking, oh my God, we have to be there so early! But there were already a ton of people when we walked into Fenway at 8 a.m. It was fun from beginning to end, and there were Vets who told amazing stories about how Home Base helped them. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place.”
The North Shore Community College team has collectively raised over $4,000. Though some runners may be deterred by the $750 fundraising minimum, Babcock reassures those considering the Run it’s not as hard as they might think.
“The requirement is easy—if you start early and use social media, it’s not that difficult. I made a Facebook page for myself and I use it as a way to educate people about what PTSD and TBI is and this is what Home Base does. You won’t regret signing up for a minute.”
If you would like to support Babcock in her fundraising efforts, please visit her 2016 Run to Home Base fundraising page at http://donate.runtohomebase.org/2016RuntoHomeBase/KristineBabcock.