As a 10-year participant in the Run to Home Base, Marine Corps veteran Michael York is no stranger to putting in the miles to support veterans, service members and their families. This year, York is taking on a new challenge through his participation in the 124th Boston Marathon.
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.”