Andrea Clavijo of Boston’s North End will be running this year’s Boston Marathon in support of St. Francis House.

Andrea first heard about the opportunity to join the team through one of her colleagues, a staunch advocate for the mission of St. Francis House who has made a fervent effort to make others aware of the organization’s great work.

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The journey out of homelessness is like running a marathon: one step leads to another, mile after mile. St. Francis House is thrilled to announce that five runners will be participating in the 2018 Boston Marathon to raise $75,000 for their life-changing programs and services, as part of John Hancock’s Non-Profit Marathon Program. This will be Team St. Francis House’s seventh year participating in the Boston Marathon.

As a Boston College Law graduate, Marathon Monday has been my favorite day of the year since I moved to Boston nearly five years ago. Less than a year ago, one of my family members was diagnosed with cancer. As she does the hardest thing she’s ever endured – six months of chemotherapy – I vowed to do the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and run a marathon. To run for a cause as meaningful as St. Francis House will make those killer 26.2 miles even more worth it. I hope to proudly represent St. Francis House and honor my courageous family member when I cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon.” – Andrea Clavijo

Team St. Francis House will hold a marathon-themed cocktail fundraising event on Wednesday, April 11, from 6pm – 8pm.

Hosted at Joe’s American Bar and Grill, The Race to the Finish Line will include great appetizers, a wonderful atmosphere, raffle prizes, and inspiring words from the marathon runners themselves. Your $30 ticket can be designated towards her $9,500 fundraising goal. Team St. Francis House is proud to be sponsored by Webster Bank.

To contribute to the St. Francis House marathon team and support Andrea, visit www.stfrancishouse.org or contact Sharon Lee at 617-457-1048.

About St. Francis House
Located in the heart of Boston, St. Francis House rebuilds lives by providing refuge and pathways to stability for adults experiencing homelessness and poverty. St. Francis House is a welcoming and inclusive community. For over thirty years, every day of the year, we meet guests’ basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. We transform lives by using a holistic approach to understanding and addressing the behavioral health, housing and employment needs. We commit ourselves to helping those we serve achieve renewed lives of dignity and self-determination.

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