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The Strength Behind The Strong was founded by Christine Hofmann-Bourque, who is proud to have a husband in the Army, three brothers in the Navy and Army, and a sister-in-law in the Army. Christine is also a professional journalist. Read our first post to find out why this website is so close to her heart. More >>

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Sunday
May222011

Battling TBI and PTSD One Step at a Time: The Boston Red Sox “Run to Home Base” 9K

Congratulations to all the runners who crossed home plate at Boston’s Fenway Park today to finish the 2nd annual Run to Home Base 9K — and helped raise more than $2 million to treat soldiers who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress (PTS) or traumatic brain injury (TBI). My husband, Kyle, ran this year, and the event was as inspirational as it was last year when I ran (ahem, ran/walked). Sitting in the stands with so many supporters of our military was terrific. Many people wore T-shirts in remembrance of those who are now serving and those who have fallen. My favorite shirt had a yellow ribbon and said Until they come home ... and after. 

And they're off! More than 2,000 runners finished the Run to Home Base 9K, which starts and finishes at Boston's Fenway Park.

One young soldier who suffered a TBI told the crowd the Home Base Program helped him get his life back. I can’t think of a better endorsement of a program than that.

Kyle's finishing time today was a super-fast 39:40.

Learn more about the Home Base Program — and get help if you need it — at homebaseprogram.org. To find out how to participate in next years run, visit runtohomebase.org. See you next May at Fenway!