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Freedom Riders Support Family in Need

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A freedom ride was canceled due to the rainy conditions, but a barbecue, silent auction and fundraiser for a family in need went on as scheduled.

Proceeds from this annual event usually go to a child or a freedom rider facing medical challenges.

This year all proceeds go to a Freedom Rider named Eric Dienert.

Eric was diagnosed with a stage four brain tumor in March, and his wife says he's been through 50 radiation treatments, and 5 1/2 weeks of chemo.

We talked with Eric's wife Kursten who has been to these events in the past with her husband supporting others, but never thought she'd be here for her own family.

"From the moment that Eric was diagnosed, every single day, somebody's checking on us, coming to see us, bringing us dinner, I mean it's just phenomenal, we wouldn't be where we are without this group of people, and so we stay positive because Eric's still here, and we have each day to be thankful for that." says Kursten Dienert, Eric's wife.

In about four weeks, Eric will be starting chemotherapy again.

But in just nine days, thanks to donations, Eric and Kursten will be taking their three children to Disney world.

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