Glenners at the track
Glen Gallivan, known to us as Glenners, fought a lifelong battle with muscular dystrophy. He had also been on a ventilator since a bad bout with pneumonia in 2001. He passed away unexpected at the age of 30, likely from complications caused by his respiratory problems.
"He had 30 wonderful years, many more than anyone thought," said Glenners' mother, Patti Hackett. "He knew that life was before him now, and he had fun with it."
He had been a friend of Washington Post columnist and speed figure guru Andy Beyer since a chance meeting at the Kentucky Derby in 1997. He later became his employee and compiled speed figures for him for six years. Beyer said, "He put a lot of things in perspective. If I had some little complaint, everything seemed so trivial to what he experienced. And yet, I never heard him complain, never heard a word of self-pity. He seemed to accept his lot in life and make the most of it."
He body will be cremated and his ashes shared among several race tracks where he enjoyed cashing in winning tickets.
As a sort of living memorial, there is a 2-year-old colt named Glenners currently in training in the Maryland circuit. Watch for him and remember Glenners and his love of horse racing.
Thanks to Ryan Conley of the Ocala Star-Banner for the quotes.
Many of you heard that I suffered from a nasty bout of pneumonia last fall and I wanted to thank those that sent get-well wishes, while I was on the road to recovery. Your kind words meant a lot.
Now Iím back and ready for action, so letís cash in big during the 2002 season!
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