After three years at Trinity Western University, the left-footed defender crossed the Atlantic to begin building a European career. But, as he played for lower-division Belgian side RRFC Montegnee, he began suffering from headaches.
Then he woke up one morning, and he couldn’t see.
A tumor on his brain had pressed against his pituitary gland and had interfered with his optic nerve. He lost strength, as his muscles began to atrophy.
Four years and three, yes, three brain surgeries later, and Farenik is heading the ball with ease as FC Edmonton continues its off-season training at the Victoria Soccer Centre in the north end of the city. As one of the club’s newest signings, the Calgary native is bullish about his prospects and the club.
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