From Soldier to Superhero: Attleboro U.S. Army Veteran Runs to Fenway with a Purpose

Dan Darroch will participate in the 2018 Run to Home Base at Fenway dressed as Captain America

“Get out and hug a Veteran today.” That’s the message Dan Darroch from Attleboro, Massachusetts is broadcasting across the Nation as he trains for the July 28th Run to Home Base presented by New Balance at Fenway this summer. His plan is to raise $2,000 in support of Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, and their mission to heal the invisible wounds for Veterans, Service Members and their Families from across America.

If he meets his fundraising goal, Darroch promises to run the race in his Captain America ensemble. “It takes all of America to help our Veterans, so let’s get Captain America suited up by donating to the cause.”

Darroch is no stranger to serving others. As one of the founding father and Executive Director for the Clear Path for Veterans New England, he builds supportive and respectful places for Veterans to seek the help and resources they need to effectively re-integrate into their communities.

Darroch is also a U.S. Army Veteran, a retired Army Medic with 21 years of honorable and faithful service to his country with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He knows from experience what the invisible wounds of war are all about, for him as a career Army Medic it was up close and personal.

“It is my privilege to run and support those that have served and continue to serve this Nation. I feel firmly there isn’t a more honorable cause out there to honor our Veterans and any opportunity that I can do to give to our Veterans I will,” Darroch said.

The Run to Home Base is 9K run/5K walk charity event that begins and ends inside historic Fenway, culminating with a photo-finish as participant’s cross home plate. The run is Home Base’s largest charity event, raising funds for the clinical care and support service provided at no cost to Veterans, Service Members and their Families.

“I have seen too many times where Veterans feel like they don’t deserve recognition or special services offered to them. Some have the mindset that if they did not deploy in a certain era, then they have not earned it and that is the furthest thing from the truth!  Veterans need to reach out to organizations offering services to them, like Home Base.

To donate to Darroch’s fundraiser and see him cross home plate as a costumed crusader, visit www.homebase.org/Darroch.

This year’s Run to Home Base will pay a special tribute to Families of the Fallen and pay special tribute to loved ones of those who have fallen. If you are a family member of a Service Member or Veteran who has made the ultimate sacrifice either in service or as a result of their service, we invite you to join us for a special tribute at the 9th annual Run to Home Base charity race and during the on-field pre-game ceremony of the Boston Red Sox game that evening.   visit www.homebase.org/familiesofthefallen to learn more.