On July 28, 2018 Wheelock, Vermont resident Mary Jardine will hit the ground running in support of those who have served our country at Boston’s Run to Home Base, presented by New Balance. The 9K run/5K walk starts and ends inside Fenway Park and raises funds for Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program. Home Base heals the invisible wounds of war for Veterans, Service Members and their Families.
Jardine has run this race every year since 2010 with her hero, her father—Tom Hever– by her side.
“Last year I was nine months pregnant on the day of the race so instead of running I had breakfast at a Fenway cafe with my dad and another Vietnam Veteran,” says Jardin. “I spent the entire day listening to my dad and other Vietnam veterans reminisce about their time in Vietnam during the war. It was a glimpse into his past that I had never known.”
She was with her dad also for the baseball game at Fenway that night. It was there that Home Base and the Red Sox hosted the largest Welcome Home ceremony for Vietnam Veterans in history, while also announcing they would begin treating Veterans from all generations who are healing from the invisible wounds.
More than 2.6 million men and women served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1973. The conflict resulted in nearly 60 thousand American casualties. Many of those who did survive returned home with injuries both visible and unseen, and often to an unfriendly welcome, further deepening their wounds.
Jardine adds, “My dad had flashbacks every single morning when he returned from Vietnam—sadly he never got help. The Welcome Home event hosted by the Red Sox and Home Base last year was a positive first for my father. I held my dad’s hand as we walked onto the field to a standing ovation, in front of 37,000 people where my dad finally received the recognition he deserved.”
Sadly, this year, her father won’t be in attendance. He passed away February 13, 2018. Jardine knows it is going to be tough without him by her side, but knows his spirit is forever with her.
“This one’s for you dad,” Jardine stated.
Proceeds from the Run is Home Base benefit the clinical care and support service Home Base provides at no cost to their patients. This years Run is dedicated to families and loved ones of those who have fallen.
So far, Jardine has raised nearly $445.00, goal is $550.00. To donate to her fundraising efforts in support of Home Base, visit homebase.org/jardine.
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.