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Pushing Through Arthritis Pain for Jingle Bell Run

Baihly Warfield
Updated: December 09, 2019 10:43 AM

Bentleyville is always festive at night, but dozens of people made it festive in the daylight hours Saturday morning. 

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It was the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run. Some walkers and runners wore green leis or bracelets to identify themselves as someone with arthritis. 

Katelyn Melcher was diagnosed when she was 18, but she said she’s had pain in her hands, feet and hips since she was a kid. 

“Running is kind of the thing that still makes me feel like me,” Melcher said. “So even when I am in pain or really tired, if I can get out for a run, it feels like I haven’t lost total control of my body and it kind of feels like I’m able to regain that ownership of myself.”

The Jingle Bell Run raised $29,976 for the Arthritis Foundation. 

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Baihly Warfield

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