On July 23, Larry Ouellette plans to have a fun day full of meaning at the 2016 Run to Home Base held at Fenway Park. “It’s a fun day and could not be a more worthwhile cause. Home Base is an amazing program with amazing results. Hearing the Veterans before the start of the race say what they went through and where they are today makes the fundraising and training worth it.”
The Run to Home Base is a special event that celebrates our Military Heroes and raises necessary funds for Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program. Home Base works 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. Invisible wounds include post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and other issues associated with the deployment cycle.
The uniqueness of the venue motivated Ouellette to participate. “I’ve gone to dozens of ball games and at the end of the race you end up on the field at home plate. It’s a great cause. You get to be in Fenway, be on the field and literally touch home base. Everyone takes pictures with the scoreboard and the Green Monster. The atmosphere is amazing.”
Ouellette explained that participating in the event allowed him to take in the Park from a perspective he’d never seen before. “It was just fun and different in that it’s more than just getting off at Kenmore and going into Fenway Park for a game. The amount of people involved and having so many active duty members there along the way—service people and Vets groups—it was a huge event that I was glad to see so successful.”
Ouellette understands just how important it is to raise funds for Veterans suffering from invisible wounds of war. “I don’t think a lot of people out there know how bad the issue is with brain injuries and PTSD. Veterans are surviving the injuries that they never used to survive from. The upside is that they’re alive, but the downside is all the injuries—you can’t wear body armor around your head. Home Base is making a difference and publicizing that this is an important issue—far too many Vets suffer from these invisible wounds of war.”
If you would like to support Ouellette in his fundraising efforts, please visit his 2016 Run to Home Base fundraising page at http://donate.runtohomebase.org/2016RuntoHomeBase/larrykathy.