Though Amanda Hume made it her mission to become the top fundraiser for the 2016 Run to Home Base, she does not call herself competitive.
“I knew going into this year I wanted to be number one in fundraising because it’s just so exciting. Fundraising gives me this sense of pride knowing that Military members are doing so much for our country—I’m not serving, but I can help Veterans in this small way.”
Hume has achieved her goal, raising over $9,000 for Post-9/11 Veterans suffering from invisible wounds and their Families. After coming in as the second highest fundraiser in 2015, Hume vowed to top the list this year.
“It’s gotten more and more exciting to fundraise. My friends, family and coworkers donate because they know I feel so strongly about the cause. People caught on to how exciting it is for me, so it’s easier to get donations.”
Armed with an interesting fundraising tactic, Hume prepared to raise as much money as possible after signing up for the Run. She began her fundraising process in May calling on friends, family and coworkers to donate. This year, she left 170 printed notes each with a piece of candy on her coworkers’ desks asking them to donate to her Run to Home Base fundraising efforts.
“This year, I really pushed the work aspect because I work for a big company and I know people have the capacity to donate. I made cards asking my coworkers to donate and left them on 170 chairs at work each with a piece of candy. You would be surprised at what people will do if you give them candy!”
Hume found that many donate because of their own connections with the Military.
“You don’t realize how many people are affected by this. Someone has a friend, a family member who is in the Military. You don’t realize how many people are willing to donate for this cause—you just have to get out there and ask.”
2016 will mark Hume’s sixth consecutive Run to Home Base. Year after year, she continues to donate because of the heartwarming stories shared by Home Base patients during opening remarks at the Run to Home Base and what happens before runners cross home plate.
“What strikes me every year is that the Military Service Men and Women shaking your hand at the end of the Run, saying thank you. I always think, ‘No, don’t thank me! Thank you!’ I remember that every year—giving them a high-five or shaking their hand. It’s one of the coolest things and very humbling.”
“The fundraising minimum is pretty small considering the impact it can have on a Veteran. I think that if participants are motivated to raise the money, it’s a life changing experience. It changed my life and weighs on my heart every year and gets me excited. Being a part of the Run to Home Base is a memory I will never forget.”
To learn more information about the Run to Home Base, visit runtohomebase.org.