ROOTING FOR THE HOME TEAM: The MGH Run-Walk to Home Base team
Picture-perfect weather greeted 2,000 runners and walkers – including 350 active-duty military – as they crossed home plate at Fenway Park May 20 during the third annual Run-Walk to Home Base. The event raised more than $2 million in support of the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program, bringing the total raised to approximately $7 million over three years. The program provides clinical care and support services to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans affected by combat or deployment-related stress or traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to their families. It also offers community education and conducts research to improve the understanding and treatment of post-traumatic stress and TBI.
Family members, friends, military leaders and elected officials joined MGH and Red Sox leaders at the finish line to congratulate participants, including a team of 39 MGHers who raised a total of $93,000.
“Every day, the caregivers and staff of Massachusetts General Hospital and the Home Base Program are honored to provide clinical care and support to our military service members, veterans and families,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. "You are our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends and a part of the hospital’s 200-year tradition of improving the health of our entire community.”
For the third year, New Balance was the presenting sponsor of the Run-Walk to Home Base. Other sponsors in-cluded BAE Electronic Systems, Our Family for Families First Foundation, Boston Duck Tours, Savings Bank Life Insurance Company of Massachusetts and Randstad. For more information, visit www.homebaseprogram.org.
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