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Erik's Bike Shop on Extreme Makeover

Published October 16, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Erik’s Bike Shop in Minnesota, Specialized Bicycles and Burley Trailers joined efforts last August to donate bikes and trailers for the Swenson-Lee family who will be appearing on the upcoming Extreme Makeover Home Edition program, being aired on Nov. 25.

On Sept. 22, 2006 the lives of Teri Lee's four children and her sister, Vicki Seliger Swenson's family changed forever. In the early morning hours, Teri Lee's ex-boyfriend, whom she had a restraining order against, broke into the family's home and fatally shot Lee and her boyfriend. The children, who lost their father in a car accident a few years before, were home at the time. Lee's then 11-year old daughter witnessed the shootings. Police found her two young sons cowering in a closet. While the children were not
physically harmed, they were left with deep emotional scars that will likely last a lifetime.

Lee's sister, Vicki Seliger Swenson and her husband, Erik, both schoolteachers and coaches, adopted the four children and brought them into their three-bedroom home. With three children of their own and another on the way, the Swenson-Lee family has doubled in less than a year and is now swelling out of their house.

That will soon change thanks to TJB Homes, Inc. and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Erik’s Bike Shop was proud to help out the Swenson-Lee family with two Specialized Crossroad bikes for the parents, three Specialized Hardrock XC bikes for the older kids, two Specialized Hotrocks for the younger kids and a Burley D’Lite for the twin girls and a Burley Solo for the little one on the way.

Topics associated with this article: Advocacy/Non-profits

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