Long Pond Physical Therapy staff, family, and friends will participating in Run to Home Base on July 15, 2017. This year marks the team’s third year of involvement with this worthwhile cause. The Run is a fundraising event that starts and ends in historic and beloved Fenway Park. Participants run or walk through the streets of Boston and then enjoy the memorable experience of crossing Fenway’s home plate at the finish line.

Money raised by the Long Pond PT team will go to support Home Base, which is a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program committed to providing post 9/11 veterans, their families, and their friends evidenced-based, advanced treatments for those suffering from the invisible wounds of war: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Complicated Grief and Substance Abuse Disorder.

Home Base also provides post 9/11 veterans and their families the opportunity to participate in free events such as golf, sailing and skiing. The purpose of these events is connecting veterans with other veterans and their families in an effort to build an everlasting supportive community.

Long Pond Physical Therapy owners Andrew Burke and Brian Faghan became involved with Run to Home Base to support their employee Meghan Keller’s involvement with the program. Keller is an Iraq war veteran. She met her husband Kurt while serving in the Army. Upon their return from Iraq, Kurt was most likely suffering from the invisible wounds of war and on November 14, 2006 took his own life.

Keller and her family have received care through the Home Base Program. She commented, “I’m extremely grateful for my Long Pond Physical Therapy family. It’s great to work for a company that helps me give back to a program that has assisted us and that I care so deeply about.”

The Veterans Administration reports over 20 veterans a day commit suicide. It’s an epidemic Keller and The Long Pond PT Team want to raise awareness about.

Keller states, “I run for my late husband, Kurt.  I run to decrease the stigma to get help. I run in hopes that a suffering veteran gets the care he or she needs, which may save his or her life.”

Long Pond Physical Therapy has offices in Plymouth and Pembroke. Visit LongPondPT.com to learn more.

To donate to the Long Pond Physical Therapy Run to Home Base Team go to http://www.runtohomebase.org/2017RuntoHomeBase/longpondpt.

To learn more about the Home Base Program go to www.homebase.org.