Photo: Glenn Fenster with his bike outside the Quality Inn as he makes a stop here in Fort St. John – Brent Hodson/Energeticcity.ca
Glenn Fenster rides through Fort St. John for Epilepsy
By Brent Hodson
Glenn Fenster is on his 5th bicycle journey in 5 years. This year, he will travel from Miami, Florida to Seward, Alaska. He makes this journey to help raise awareness for Epilepsy as his son, Nyle has suffered from Epilepsy since the age of 2 and has occasional seizures. They are small ones but still cause harm to Nyle.
Glenn’s journey started this year on April 12 and will continue along the Alaska Highway to Seward, Alaska. Since his tour started, he has traveled through Alabama into Mississippi where he encountered a storm and then onto Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and then through Colorado and the Rocky Mountains and finally through Yellowstone Park where he came into Canada through Alberta and arrived here in Fort St. John on Thursday. Glenn has spent the last 2 days resting at the Quality Inn Northern Grand where they graciously have donated a room to him so he could tell his story.
He will leave Fort St. John on Saturday where he hopes to make it into Fort Nelson by Monday where he will meet with Milepost Editor Earl Brown and speak with the media there on his journey.
He won’t be leaving this area without making an impression on the residents of Taylor first. In 2007, Glenn arrived into Taylor where he was greeted by the community’s parents and children who came out on the Saturday to support him in his travel. This year, Glenn surprised them with his visit when he stopped at the same local restaurant he visited in 2007. But this year he was met with a film crew who is currently shooting the realty TV show "Village on a Diet". Today Glenn will join the crew and film a pep talk he will have with the residents of Taylor and will tell them about his travels and what inspires him.
Glenn’s son Nyle has been seizure free for the past 9 and a half months but Glenn will still continue to ride for Epilepsy. He rides for the parent’s who will wake up one day and see their child suffer a seizure and make the trip to the hospital where they will be told they have epilepsy because he knows that day, he knows the feeling and will continue to ride for that family.
He still remembers the day that changed his life. When Nyle was 9, they were playing tennis together and he had suffered from a seizure. Glenn went over to Nyle and waited for the short seizure to finish and offered his hand to help Nyle up. Nyle angrily said no.
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Since 2006, Glenn has traveled over 100,000 miles. In 2006, he traveled from Seattle to Miami. In 2007, he went from Anchorage to Miami and in 2008 from Denver to Miami. In 2009, he started in Miami and came into Canada and then back to Miami. One thing Glenn has learned on his travels is to enjoy each mile and each moment. He has been from one ocean to another and has seen the continent one mile at a time. In that time he has learned a valuable lesson.
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Glenn hopes one day they will find a cure for Epilepsy but until that day arrives, he will continue to ride his bike raising awareness for the cause.
Waiting for Glenn at the end of his travels will be a cruise from Stewart, Alaska to Vancouver where he will be joined by his son Nyle and they will spend Father’s Day together for the first time in 5 years. This trip would not have been possible without his sponsors Gazooba Travel and Celebrity Cruise Lines who have provided the cruise and will send Nyle to Alaska to meet up with his father.
To stay up to date on Glenn’s travel, you can visit his website www.destinymaker.org