New Balance, Red Sox raise money for veterans
Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox
In the first major fund-raising run since the Boston Marathon, some 2,000 runners and walkers, including hundreds of actively serving military members, gathered at Fenway Park Saturday to support clinical care, education, and research to help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and families heal from post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
The Run-Walk to Home Base presented by New Balance raises funds for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. Over the past three years, Home Base has provided clinical care and support services to more than 500 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and families, and educated over 6,000 clinicians throughout the United States about post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and the challenges faced by military families. Home Base is also engaged in cutting edge research to improve treatment for PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
This year’s Run-Walk to Home Base raised more than $1.8 million, bringing the four-year total for the event to over $10 million. The 9K run and 2.6 mile walk starts and ends in Fenway Park with all participants having a timed finish at the Green Monster and a “photo finish” at home plate, where they are greeted by military and Red Sox and Massachusetts General Hospital leaders.
“Following the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, the tremendous acts of heroism and bravery that occurred by first responders makes us even more proud to stand here today, Boston Strong,” New Balance CEO Rob DeMartini on the day of the event.