Abilene-area news outlet Reporter News ran a story today on their website highlighting the leg of the Scooter Cannonball that had just passed through their town. I particularly appreciate how they highlight not just the fun seriousness with which the contenders take the race, but also the charitable aspects.
One would assume that if someone was going to ride a scooter the 2,500 miles from Savannah, Ga., to San Diego, he would have to have a pretty good reason.
Ben Ferenchak has one.
Ferenchak, from Catasauqua, Penn., is one of 50 riders traveling across the country in the biannual Scooter Cannonball Run. The group, which is halfway through the trip, stopped in Abilene on Wednesday after completing the 346-mile leg from Lufkin.
On Thursday, the riders will travel 326 miles to Roswell, N.M.
Ferenchak is a rebel with a cause. He’s riding to raise money for Autism Speaks on behalf of his 20-year-old nephew, Brad.
“When Brad was diagnosed, one in 6,000 kids was autistic,” said Ferenchak. “Now that number is one in 88. So many are like Brad, getting ready to enter adulthood. We’re going to have a tsunami of these kids like Brad. We need to find a cure.”
The complete article is definitely worth a read.