Friday, August 9, 2019

Strength and sacrifice: 10 years running

PHOTO FINISH: RUNNER CHRISTOPHER MARDEN CROSSES HOME PLATE AT THE 2019 RUN TO HOME BASE.

More than 2,000 participants – from 41 states – raised $2.3 million during the 10th annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. The 5K/9K event supports Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and MGH Program, and its mission to heal invisible wounds for veterans and their families.

“Along with the exceptional care I received, and with the support of the other veterans and active duty service members in my treatment cohort, I was able to look in the mirror, face many of my issues and begin to deal with them,” said Chris Gemmer, a Navy SEAL and Home Base veteran who spoke at the July 27 event’s prerace ceremony. “Home Base provided a path to healing I struggled to find on my own. Home Base gave me hope.”

Race day included a commemorative pregame ceremony during the Red Sox versus Yankees game at Fenway Park, recognizing veterans and military families who have benefited from Home Base care, first responder champions, community and national partners, and Home Base staff.

“Home Base is truly the product of a grateful nation,” said retired Brig. Gen. Jack Hammond, executive director of Home Base. “We are continuously growing and expanding our boundaries, both geographically and intellectually, to reach new heights in innovation to help veterans and their families facilitate successful transitions to civilian life. As we celebrate this significant milestone, we look forward to many more.”



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