The 2016 Run to Home Base raised $1.7 million to help post- 9/11 veterans, service members and their families heal from the invisible wounds of war.

More than 2,000 runners and walkers, including more than 300 active duty military members, pounded the pavement at the seventh annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance at Fenway Park on July 23, 2016.

“Thanks to Home Base, I not only feel the best I’ve felt since the war but the best I’ve felt in my entire life!”

The 9K run and 2.5 mile walk raised $1.7 million for Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program, which helps post- 9/11 veterans, service members and their families heal from the invisible wounds of war.

Participants ran through the streets of Boston before finishing by crossing home plate—but before that, they heard a personal story from Purple Heart recipient, retired Sgt. Kurt Power. Mr. Power sought care at Home Base after he returned from Iraq. He and his wife Jessica received couples counseling at the outpatient clinic in addition to Kurt’s own treatment.

Thanks to Home Base

“Through treatment, I have learned patience, how to problem solve, I have overcome my guilt and I have learned to communicate better—especially with my wife,” said Mr. Power. “Thanks to Home Base, I not only feel the best I’ve felt since the war but the best I’ve felt in my entire life!”

“People may have different opinions about the wars, but no one would question the heroism of the people who serve.“

While the runners hit the streets, family activities were set up in Fenway Park for the spectators. There was a Military Appreciation area, where participants made care packages and wrote thank you notes to service members. The festivities also included photos with the World Series trophies, meet and greets with Red Sox Legends and a family fun zone where children enjoyed games and contests and took pictures with Wally the Green Monster.

“People may have different opinions about the wars, but no one would question the heroism of the people who serve,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. “Since the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital established this program in 2009, the outpouring of support we have received has truly been heartwarming.”

To learn more about how you can support Home Base treatment programs, please contact us.

The story was first published by MGH Hotline.