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Carmen Wells
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Carmen Wells has beaten the odds a few times: in 2004, she overcame breast cancer, and this year she was selected as one of the 120,000 people who applied by lottery to run this fall’s New York City Marathon.

Wells, who works with pain patients and is familiar with the effects of chronic pain, is dedicating her race to the Sceptor Pain Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes pain research and education.

“Chronic pain is a very real condition,” Wells says. “And I have a special connection to pain patients. Nearly seven years ago, pain limited my life like a merciless twisted vine. The vines of pain left scars on my life, but that’s where my true empathy for pain patients was born. I’m thankful that now I’m in a place where I can do some great things for pain patients and pain awareness.”

Wells is already preparing for the marathon and running four to six miles three times a week. When she began sharing news of her training with patients, they began offering their own support. Several patients have suggested their favorite “happy tunes“ to motivate her on long, weekend runs.

“I am dedicating this marathon to pain patients on a personal level, and I’ll complete this marathon in their honor,” Wells concludes. “It is a wonderful opportunity for me to positively influence the lives of pain patients and let others know about the Sceptor Foundation’s dedication to raising awareness of pain as a disease and of resources that are available.”

You can send supportive thoughts or "Happy Tunes" for Carmen's MP3 player by clicking here.


Below is Carmen's training schedule to prepare her for the race!


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