Former Army Specialist and combat Veteran Johnathan Teixeira from Johnston, Rhode Island is signed up to participate in 2018 Run to Home Base presented by New Balance, July 28. Teixeria is running to support the cause: the race benefits Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, which heals the invisible wounds of war for Veterans, Service Members and their Families. Invisible challenges are something Teixeira knows well. After a year deployment to Iraq in 2006, with the 399th Combat Support Hospital, from Taunton, Massachusetts, Teixeira and other medics came under constant mortar and rocket fire as they treated those injured on the battlefield.
“It was hard when I returned state-side and to explain to my family and friends what it was like being over in Iraq. It was even harder for them to understand that just because I was home, didn’t mean I wasn’t still fighting inside.” added Teixeira.
The charity race is a 9K run/5K walk that begins and ends inside Boston’s Fenway Park. Funds raised enable Home Base to provide all treatment at no cost to patients. Rhode Island Veterans are able to benefit from the regional outpatient program and the Intensive Clinical Program (ICP) —a two-week, outpatient stay that allows for a years worth of treatment in just two week’s time. Veterans are put on a path to life-long healing and then connected to care back in their home communities. All care, lodging, transportation and meals are fully covered. The program is possible through a grant from the Wounded Warrior Project as part of the Warrior Care Network, a groundbreaking collaboration between Home Base, Wounded Warrior Project and three other academic medical centers aimed at healing the invisible wounds.
Teixeira will run on July 28th under his team name, “Chasing Arthur;” Arthur being the name of his infant son who passed on.
“I select this name for all the races I run in after my son. I am now living for my son, living the life he did not get to live, and raising awareness for miscarriage infant loss stillbirth (M.I.S).”
Teixeira’s wife Janis and daughter Iris will be at the finish line, ready to cheer him on. To donate to his fundraising efforts in support of Home Base, visit homebase.org/teixeira.
Registration and event information for the 2018 Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance is available at www.runtohomebase.org. Pre-registration and minimum fundraising commitment is required.