A 6-year-old from North Attleboro, Mass., turned the summertime childhood tradition of opening a lemonade stand into a fundraiser aimed at helping veterans. MacKenzie Duffy recently sold lemonade outside her home and earned a total of $70 – which was all donated toward her family’s fundraising goal for the 2014 Run to Home Base, an event that raises money to assist veterans and their families.
“I don’t ever remember making $70 on a lemonade stand,” said her mother, Jamie Duffy.
Being Part of Run to Home Base
MacKenzie has a special connection to veterans. Her father, Sgt. Shane Duffy, of Taunton, was killed in action in 2008 while serving in the 10th Mountain Division in Iraq.
When her mother asked MacKenzie if she wanted to be a part of the Run to Home Base this year, MacKenzie said, “Yes, they help us by fighting in the war, and I want to help them feel better.”
The event, presented by New Balance on July 19, begins and ends at Fenway Park. All proceeds go to the Home Base Program, a partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital that offers private clinics dedicated to healing the “invisible” war wounds for post-Sept. 11 veterans and their families.
“Yes, they help us by fighting in the war, and I want to help them feel better.”
Trying to Give Back
“The military community in Massachusetts has been so good to us over the past six years. They treat us like we are part of their family,” Jamie Duffy said. “We’ve done so many amazing things and met so many amazing people. This is our way of trying to give back to the veteran community.”
The Duffy family is participating in the Run to Home Base under the team name “Claire Skies” and has a $1,250 fundraising goal.
To make a donation or sign up for the event, visit RunToHomeBase.org.
Amy DeMelia is a staff writer for The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Mass., where this story first appeared.