Corey Silvia began participating in the Run to Home Base in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since.
“I heard about the Run to Home Base the second year it was held. Being a Red Sox fan, I’d heard about it at Fenway Park, seen news stories about the event, and thought, ‘maybe I should try that. I get to run through Fenway Park, so I’ll do that and look into Home Base later.’ I found that it’s a great program to raise money toward.”
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.
Silvia described his first experience in the Run as overwhelming. “It’s an awesome event between being in the ballpark and the fact that you get to run through Fenway…when else are you going to be able to do that? When you get there early, too, and hear speakers from MGH and Home Base, you get to hear the Veterans who went through the program and how it helped them. It was the best part of the race.”
The pre-run ceremony is a unique experience for runners who enter the Park not for a Red Sox game, but for a cause. “Going to Fenway and sitting in the pre-run ceremony was overwhelming. You have speakers who are Veterans and they tell you their stories and explain how Home Base helped them. I’d heard about the organization but hearing stories from people who have actually gone through war really hammered it home. You’ve already raise d the money and you get a boost from the guys telling you what they’ve gone through and how you’re helping them—it’s motivation to run faster and raise more money next year.”
Though Silvia is not running for a specific Service Member, his family has supported the Military for as long as he can remember through various races and fundraising efforts. “It’s either a race I want to do or it’s a race for a good charity I want to support. The Run to Home Base combines those. If it comes down to one race a year, it’s the Run to Home Base. This is the only race I run for myself.”
If you would like to support Silvia in his fundraising efforts, please visit his 2016 Run to Home Base fundraising page at http://donate.runtohomebase.org/2016RuntoHomeBase/CoreySilvia.