Less than 1% of Americans serve. What can the rest of us do to show our appreciation? We at Home Base hear that question a lot.
The men and women who serve our country fight for our collective freedom and safety. When they return, one in three suffer from an invisible wound. Those of us who want to help can do so, by signing up for Home Base’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the 2016 Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. By participating in this charity race, you can raise critical funds and ensure that those who need care receive care– regardless of their ability to pay. Funds raised from the Run to Home Base go towards our mission: 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.
The 2016 Run to Home Base is scheduled for July 23rd. The 9K run and 2.5 mile walk begins and ends at Fenway Park. This year, the band Casey’s Cross will play at the event. Casey’s Cross is a band composed of Veterans who suffer from PTSD who share their story of service and struggle through song. Folks will hear from a Home Base patient on how the treatment he and his wife received at the program directly affected their lives. After the moving speech, the group is off– fueled by what they just heard and determined to continue to stand up for the men and women who have stood up for them. Both the run and the walk end at Fenway’s home plate with a photo finish. Participants have a $750 fundraising requirement. Members of the military, including Active Duty, Guard and Reserve pay only a $50 race entry fee.
Treatment and services to Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their Families is always provided at no cost to them. Home Base even covers parking fees and co-pays. Join us in the movement to give back to those who have served our country. For a preview of the event, check out this video.
Each year we ask folks why they participate in the Run to Home Base. Here are some of the replies:
“People in the military risk their lives for us. And here they are (at the run) cheering and shaking your hand in uniform as you cross home plate. This is a great way to say thank you to the real heroes.” –Max McMillan
“There are a lot of people suffering that may not even be aware of this program. I hope we can raise awareness so that all Veterans–and their families—can get the help they need and deserve.”–Dominic Taverna
“I originally did it for the novelty of crossing home plate. But, I kept coming back for the members of the military.” – Jay Medailleu
To donate, or to register as either an individual runner or as part of a team, visit runtohomebase.org.
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Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. As a National Center of Excellence, Home Base operates the largest private-sector clinic in the nation devoted to healing invisible wounds such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, co-occurring substance use disorder, military sexual trauma and family relationship challenges. Since its inception, Home Base has served more than 9,000 Veterans and family members with care and support, trained more than 25,000 clinicians, educators and community members nationally and remains at the forefront of discovering new treatments– ensuring a brighter future for the 21st century warrior and military family. For more information please visit homebase.org.