Cross-country ride hits close to home
Leader Assistant Editor
As he rode into Tremonton Wednesday evening, Glenn Fenster stopped outside of the Sunflower Shop. Overcome with raw emotion, he took a picture.
While that may seem like just an everyday, average place to most who pass by, for Fenster, it was an affirmation of how important his journey is.
Fenster, a Florida native, is riding his bicycle across the United States and parts of Canada to raise awareness for the fight against epilepsy. It’s a cause that’s important to Fenster as his son, Nyle, has battled the condition throughout 14 of his 16 years of life. It’s the fifth time Fenster has taken this type of ride, starting in 2006 and riding every year since.
“I wanted this country to hear about my son’s courage,” Fenster said. “I ride because somewhere, a mom and dad are waking up to their child’s first seizure. It’s something that changes your life forever.”
And there’s nobody who knows how much epilepsy can change a life than local resident Jan Sorensen. Sorensen knows first hand the pain and heartache that can come with watching a child suffer from epileptic seizures as her daughter, Nikki Grove, passed away in January 2009 after suffering a seizure while in the bath.
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