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Medway’s Habeeb runs Boston Marathon in honor of sister Raises more than $23,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital

Medway’s Francesca Habeeb ran the Boston Marathon with the Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles Team. Pictured here, with one of her three sons on her lap, beside her sister Lena (seated) who was Francesca’s motivation to run the race. Source:

Raises more than $23,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital 
On Oct. 11, 2021, many amazing individuals and teams gathered to run the Boston Marathon. Francesca Habeeb of Medway ran for the Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles Team to support a cause very near to her heart: She was running in honor of her sister, Lena who received life-saving care at Boston Children’s.  Habeeb says, “On a personal level, I have always wanted to run the Boston Marathon in honor of my sister, Lena. BCH was a big part of my sister’s life when she was a child. Lena turns 40 this year and is just four years older than me. Lena was born with severe mental retardation, autism and overtime developed a drop seizure disorder. Her life has not been easy, to say the least. Yet she has jumped hurdles and proven that her strong willpower can surpass the many battles that have come her way.”
Her goal was to raise $10,000 and, as of publication, she had raised more than $23,000. 
 Francesca says Lena is her inspiration, and says on her donation page, “[Lena] is my motivation in so much that I do, how I view life, and all its challenges that persist. I will put in much dedication and persistence to train for this marathon, but I do not doubt that it is my sister’s inspiration that will get me past the finish line.
To learn more about their story, or to make a donation, visit Habeeb’s fundraising page at