Memory is the first measure of gratitude, and those who are truly grateful do not forget the service that has been rendered for their sake. This is not lost on Sutton, MA resident and Gold Star mother Tracy Racine, who experienced her own loss in 2006, as her son Private First Class Brian Moquin was killed in action during his deployment in Afghanistan.
On Saturday, July 28th she will participate in the Run to Home Base presented by New Balance at Fenway in honor of her son, alongside her extended family, the Vaillancourt Family, who will also be running in honor of Brian’s memory as part of “Team Families of the Fallen”.
The Vaillancourt’s – Dave, KC, and Evan – remain forever remain grateful for their nephew’s service and say this event will be a special opportunity for them to show the community that Brian’s memory will never be forgotten.
“People need to know that freedom isn’t free. We need to take care of the men and women that take care of us,” said Dave Vaillancourt. “Everyone knows a Veteran, they may not realize it, because most are too proud to claim the title they deserve, but they do. By joining the Armed Forces, these folks put our lives in-front of their own, it’s time to return that gift.
The 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 and its mission to heal the invisible wounds for Veterans, Service Members and their Families from across America. The run is their biggest charity event, raising funds for the clinical care and support service they provide at no cost to their patients.
“The Run to Home Base is an exciting, fun event—but it is also meaningful,” said Home Base’s Executive Director Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond. “The funds raised help enable Home Base to provide individualized, innovative, world-class care on a local and national level—regardless of discharge status or ability to pay. Participating in the Run to Home Base is a great way to give back to those who have served our country.”
This year’s Run to Home Base will pay a special tribute to Families of the Fallen – a dedication that does not go unnoticed by “Team Families of the Fallen”. Our son, Evan, never got to meet his cousin Brian, but still refers to him as our hero,” said KC Vaillancourt. “July 28th will be a special time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good of this county. “Everyone needs to get behind our military and understand they are the very best, and they deserve our best.”
So far, the 10 members of “Team Families of the Fallen” have raised nearly $2,000 of their overall $5,500 goal. To donate to their fundraising efforts, visit www.homebase.org/TeamFamiliesOfTheFallen.