Why Do YOU run?
For Peabody, Massachusetts resident Jay Medailleu, he participates in the Run to Home Base presented by New Balance each year to support Service Members and Veterans.
“To see them all cheering us on, high-fiving and congratulating us as we cross home plate– it is incredible,” Medailleu says. “I originally signed up it for the novelty of it. But, I keep coming back for the members of the military.”
The July 23rd event is held at Fenway Park and raises funds for Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war for Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their Families through clinical care, wellness programs, education and research. Home Base was established in 2009 and Medailleu has run every year since. His team, “TJ’s Team,” is named in honor of his cousin: 2nd Lt. TJ McGrath, who passed away in 1996 at Fort Hood. TJ’s Team is now one of the Run to Home Base’s top fundraising teams. Medailleu, with the support of TJ’s family, feels that running and donating in TJ’s name is a great way to keep his memory alive while supporting his fellow veterans and their families.
Last year, the team raised $46,626 for Home Base, which provides services and care at no cost to their patients. According to Medailleu, the funds his team raised were primarily the result of individual efforts of the 47 team members.
TJ’s Team organizes several team fundraising events each year. The most popular event is a box-a-thon that the team hosts with TITLE Boxing Club in Danvers, MA. The event allows participants to take a calorie torching one or two hour boxing class and raffle. Each class combines traditional boxing combinations with interval training and cardio. Other fundraisers include percentage nights at local taverns and a pizza and comedy night at Prince Pizzeria in Saugus.
For the 2016 Run to Home Base presented by New Balance, TJ’s Team hopes to raise $50,000. The goal is high, but as Jay Medailleu says, “With everything these Veterans have done for us, it’s one small thing we can do for them. ”
If you wish to donate to Jay Medailleu and TJ’s Team, visit www.runtohomebase.org/tjsteam. If you want to register for the Run to Home Base, visit www.runtohomebase.org. To learn more about Home Base and the services it offers visit www.homebase.org.
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