Though Lieutenant Max Maguire has served in the U.S. Navy for the last six years, he is currently gearing up for a different kind of mission: the 2019 Boston Marathon. On Monday, April 15th, Maguire, a Belmont, MA native, will run in the 123rd Boston Marathon in support of Home Base’s mission to heal the invisible wounds for Veterans, Service Members and their Families. For the first time ever, he and 19 other runners will run on team Home Base as part of Mass General’s 2019 Boston Marathon Official Charity Program – a cause Maguire says will always be close to heart.
“In 2011, when I was a senior in college, my brother Connor was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as a rifle infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines. He was involved in two separate Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks during his time overseas – only four weeks apart.” The second attack left Maguire’s brother with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and earned him a Purple Heart.
“Connor made it home in one piece, but at times it’s been a real struggle for him and those close to him” said Maguire. There have been some incredibly difficult challenges, but thanks to support from friends, family, and outstanding medical care – including from Home Base, my brother continues to recover from his injuries, while buying a home with his fiancé, and excelling in a demanding job.”
Though Connor’s story has been one of triumph filled with remarkable resiliency and perseverance, both brothers are keenly aware that others are not as fortunate.
“Too many people close to Connor have taken their own lives as a result of the invisible wounds of war,” said Maguire. “My strongest hope is that his success can be the reality for everyone living with the invisible wounds of war – and that they know care is available for them at Home Base.”
Statistics from the Department of Veterans Affairs reveal 20 veterans die by suicide every day, and one in three return home with an invisible wound. Home Base, a partnership with the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital, is the first and largest private-sector program in the nation focused on healing the invisible wounds for veterans and families, through wrap-around, individualized care, evidence-based behavioral treatment, rehabilitative medicine, wellness, complementary alternative medicine, nutrition, mindfulness training and family support.
“The invisible wounds of war are complex injuries that require innovative solutions, and that’s what we are trying to do at Home Base and Mass General Hospital”, said Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond, Executive Director of Home Base. “We are grateful to have a team of dedicated Boston Marathon runners this year who are committed to our mission and dedicated to giving back to those who have served our country. Funds raised this year will help us extend our impact and provide individualized, innovative, world-class care on a local and national level.”
Though Maguire has set a personal fundraising goal of $10,000, he ultimately hopes to help spread the word about the program’s mission to heal the invisible wounds. “Home Base will always be my cause of choice, and something I am excited to support in this running effort.”
To date, Maguire has raised more than $8,000 in support of Home Base. To support Maguire’s Boston Marathon fundraising efforts, click here.
To learn more about Mass General Hospital’s Home Base Marathon Team, please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/home-base-boston-2019.