Florence Teen Runs to Raise Money for Veterans

FLORENCE — Robey NeJame, 18, a recent graduate of Northampton High School, is participating in the Run to Home Base in Boston this summer to raise money for veterans and their families.

The 9K race is held annually in honor of veterans struggling with PTSD, brain injuries or other invisible war wounds. All proceeds raised through the event are designated for clinical care provided to veterans and their families at the Home Base clinic in Boston.

NeJame will run on the course through scenic Boston and is excited that the race ends with the unforgettable experience of crossing home plate in historic Fenway Park. Friends and family can cheer on their loved ones from the stands, and, as a longtime Red Sox fan, this was a motivator for NeJame in taking part.

NeJame also has friends in the military, and he was inspired to raise money for this specific cause. “The thought that some soldiers come home to family, to friends, to their communities, and they are unable to adjust to civilian life is a sad fact,” he said. “I want to give back by running for the men and women who risk their lives and make such a large sacrifice for our country.”

The race takes place on Saturday, July 25. NeJame hopes to raise $750 by July 20.

For more information or to donate, contact NeJame at 413-588-7703 or robeynejame@gmail.com.