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Ride of a lifetime: Madera native breaks record with trek in motorized wheelchair

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A Madera native born with cerebral palsy met and exceeded his goal of coming home from Bakersfield in his motorized wheelchair in less than 24 hours.

Organizers say he also broke the old world record of greatest distance covered in 24 hours by a motorized wheelchair, which was previously set at 154 miles. David Mensch, a resident of Bakersfield, embarked on the trek Friday with his son Zach, 15, riding on a bicycle next to him. They arrived in Madera 22 hours later after traveling 170 miles, which was 11 more than the original goal.

“I’m overwhelmed,” said David. “I’m overwhelmed by all of the people who helped and supported me. It’s amazing.”

The pair plans to ride to the State Capitol to raise awareness about how state budget cuts impact people with developmental disabilities. David & Zach’s Quest 2 Sac is also a fundraiser for the Kern Assistive Technology Center, a Bakersfield nonprofit agency where David works as a technician connecting people with disabilities to the technology that helps them live more productive and independent lives...


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