An Uxbridge, Massachusetts woman is lacing up her sneakers to support her husband and other Veterans affected by the invisible wounds of war. On Saturday, July 23, Amber Snow will participate in the 2016 Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. The 9k begins outside Fenway Park and ends with participants crossing home plate.
The Run to Home Base is a special event that celebrates 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.
“This will be my third year participating in the Run to Home Base, but my first year after seeing what they can do for our vets,” says Snow.
Snow’s husband Will is currently treated by Home Base after deploying three times as an Army Ranger. “My husband was injured in 2010, a month before the birth of our first child. Over the past 6 years we’ve gone from a rapid deploy Ranger family to a 100% disabled vet family, and it’s been hard. Making the call to Home Base and handing Will the phone was the best thing I have ever done for him. Now, with the treatment he’s getting there, we finally feel like we have a future again.”
Snow is not only thankful to Home Base, but also to those who participate in the run, whether through donating or fundraising. Though the fundraising minimum may deter some runners from participating, Snow encourages everyone to partake.
“It’s a huge commitment to put on a credit card and I know it’s a hardship for a lot of people, but… we had nowhere else to go— and we didn’t have to worry about the cost at Home Base, because they provide care for Veterans and their families at no cost to them. We only had to worry about my husband getting better.”
Snow described her first experience in the Run as awesome. “It was really weird because I know other participants weren’t there for my husband, but they were,” she explained. “If he wasn’t able to get help, our family wouldn’t exist. I run for him… it’s all about the treatment.”
The mother of two runs has a personal goal of running the 9k in under 55 minutes. And, though runners have the choice to run in teams, Amber opted to run independently this year. She aptly named her one-woman team “Where There’s a Will” in honor of her husband. The minimum fundraising goal for participants is $750, but Snow is hoping to hit $1,000. If you would like to support Snow in her fundraising efforts, please visit her 2016 Run to Home Base fundraising page at http://www.runtohomebase.org/2016RuntoHomeBase/ambersnow.
About Home Base:
Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war for Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. As a National Center of Excellence, Home Base operates the first and largest private-sector clinic in the nation devoted to healing invisible wounds such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, co-occurring substance use disorder, military sexual trauma and family relationship challenges. Since its inception, Home Base has served more than 9,000 Veterans and Family Members with care and support, trained more than 25,000 clinicians, educators and community members nationally and remains at the forefront of discovering new treatments– ensuring a brighter future for the 21st century warrior and military family. For more information please visit www.homebase.org