During the past three years, Penn has volunteered and has helped raise money for Ride Ataxia Dallas, a cycling event designed to raise awareness regarding the disease. But this year will be different.
"I would have never in my wildest dreams think I would be bicycling," Penn said.
With intense coaching, Penn is training to cycle through 25 miles of Denton streets for Ride Ataxia Dallas.
"The beautiful thing of working with somebody like this is you can give them a sense of success on an hourly basis, [and] the results go for weeks and months out," Richard Wharton, one of Penn’s coaches said.