As many of you probably know, my husband is a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, having returned from his latest deployment at the end of 2011. While I am so thankful that he didn’t come back with any physical injuries, the mental anguish was there. And thankfully he had the support he needed to try and feel better, whether through his unit or with his family. So, last week when I was sent an advisory that they would be announcing the Fifth Run to Home Base road race, at a location just a block from my office, I jumped at the opportunity to participate.
From the advisory:
Leaders of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program join veterans, military families, runners and executives from New Balance to announce the fifth annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance.
The Fenway Park fundraiser supports Home Base efforts to help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and families heal the invisible wounds of war – post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury – through clinical care, education and research.
To kick off the short presentation, Tom Caron of NESN announced the date of the race (July 19th) and thanked the local servicemen and women who have previously participated in the event. Also to speak was the president of New Balance (who is a main sponsor of the event) Rob DeMartini, Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gina Borson, and retired Brigadier General Jack Hammond.
And of course Wally the Green Monster was there!
After the participants were done speaking, I spoke to Gen. Hammond because I couldn’t deny thinking that he looked so familiar. And he should have because he ended up overseeing my husband’s unit in Afghanistan! He was probably at the Yellow Ribbon Ball’s that we attended.
After hearing everyone speak about the wonderful experience of being able to run through Boston, in to Fenway Park and finally across home plate, I was very much contemplating signing up for this race. Although the race entry is inexpensive ($25) each participant is required to raise $750 by July 15th. Well…
…I signed up this morning! I am certainly confident that I can raise the money and every little bit helps. Over the next few months I’m hoping to host a bake sale or have a fundraising event or two. If you have any tips on fundraising, please send them my way! Again, a little goes a long way.
[Fundraising link in picture]
Have you ever ran a race to raise money? Or hosted a fundraiser?