A mother-daughter team from Quincy, Massachusetts is lacing up is support of selfless, kind and caring service towards others. Casey Chamberlain and her 12-year-old daughter Isabel–known as Izzy– are participating in the 2018 Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. The July 28th charity race, a 9K run/5K walk that begins and ends inside Boston’s Fenway Park, benefits Home Base, Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program that heals the invisible wounds of war for Veterans, Service Members and their Families.
“It is my hope that exposing Izzy to those supporting the race, those running the race and those cheering people on during the race, will spark her interest in the importance of serving later in life and appreciate those that have served their country” Chamberlain explained.
For Chamberlain, a former Barnstable High School and UMass graduate, the cause is personal. In the days following September 11, 2001, the then 23-year-old Chamberlain was working as a desk assistant for the “NBC Nightly News” at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan. She was responsible for opening the mail for anchor Tom Brokaw. On one-day Chamberlain opened a stack of mail, and to her surprise found “some brown granular stuff,” a cross between sand and brown sugar, she recalls. As it turned out, it was anthrax. Chamberlain was infected.
“I will never forget what happened the day I opened that letter and the subsequent weeks and months that followed,” she said.
First, she experienced flu-like symptoms, nausea, and lesions. Then, she felt the long-term symptoms of post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety. Chamberlain was determined that this event was not going to define her legacy. Instead, what she gained from this set back was the deep, true appreciation for her family, friends, and co-workers, whose support was incredible. Today, Chamberlain knows this type of support is something she wants to pass on to those that have served.
“Home Base provides life altering medical treatment and support for Veterans, as well as counseling for their families. I am proud to be able to help in any way I can. Freedom isn’t free, and I am grateful to anyone who serves!”
Veterans from across the country can receive help in healing from the invisible wounds of war at Home Base. The Boston-clinic has a two-week Intensive Clinical Program (ICP) that provides a years’ worth of treatment in two weeks’ time. Veterans are put on a path to life-long healing and then connected to care back in their home communities. All treatment, 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.
The Run to Home Base is Home Base’s biggest charity event, raising funds for the clinical care and support services they provide at no cost to their patients. This year, the Run is dedicated to the families and loved ones of those who have fallen.
The mother and daughter duo will be running side by and side as a beacon of light for all who have served. So far, Chamberlain has raised $285.00 towards her goal of $550.00 for Home Base. To donate to fundraising efforts in support of Home Base, visit www.homebase.org/chamberlain.