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Annual Jingle Bell Run Benefits Arthritis Foundation

Wednesday 13 November 2019


From US news outlet The Pantagraph:


Rich Beal
Rich Beal of Bloomington shares a smile as he begins the
5K run at the 32nd annual Jingle Bell Run to benefit the
Arthritis Foundation at Heartland Community College in
Normal on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. Officials hoped to
raise $25,000 for Arthritis Foundation research
for new medicines and treatments.

Annual Jingle Bell Run benefits Arthritis Foundation

By Kevin Barlow
November 10, 2019
© 2019 Lee Enterprises.

NORMAL — When the pain in Glenn Harbin’s back went beyond the point of an inconvenience, he went searching for help from the medical profession. Doctors determined he was suffering with fibromyalgia, a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

“I started researching it and the Arthritis Foundation kept popping up in all of the information I looked at,” Harbin said. “I read their stuff and at the same time, my doctor recommended getting more physically active to help relieve some of the pain.”

He joined the Fleet Feet Running Club and in 2014, that led to his participation in the annual Jingle Bell Run, the largest area fundraiser of the year for the Arthritis Foundation. On Sunday, he served as the adult honoree for the 32nd annual event.

“It means a lot to me because when you start looking, there aren’t enough places doing research into fibromyalgia,” he said. “There haven’t been a whole lot of breakthroughs. As you talk with other people with fibromyalgia, you hear the same stories. Some of the pharmaceuticals don’t work all that well. But, running does help me. It helps me relax, relieve tension, and feel better.”


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