Cyclist finishes charity ride after hit-and-run
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A young bicyclist finished a cross-country ride after riding to every major league ballpark to raise money for charity despite enduring a hit-and-run collision with a truck.
Jacob Landis, 24, completed his last visit to 30 Major League Baseball stadiums across the county to raise money and awareness for cochlear implant surgeries. Landis last stop was the Marlins Park.
His journey to South Florida proved a rough one after he was struck by a truck Sunday evening on U.S. Highway 27, south in Sebring.
Landis suffered a severe concussion, broken nose, two small fractures on each cheekbone, a chipped front tooth, and his right lip was left swollen. He also had cuts and bruises on his nose and face. With his left arm in a sling, he has been advised not to ride his bike for at least two weeks. "I think I'm really lucky to be alive right now," he said. "I don't remember pretty much anything that happened. I kind of woke up on the side of the road. I don't remember anything."
He was born deaf but, at the age 10, Landis received a cochlear implant allowing him to be fully functional in the hearing world.
Since April 3 he has been cycling in the hopes of raising $1 million for children who could benefit from a cochlear implant but cannot afford one.
A finale party was held at Whole Foods in North Miami, Tuesday, along with a finish line rally at Marlins Park before attending the last game of Jacob's Ride.
He ended up walking his bike through the finish line at Marlins Park. Jacob was set to throw the ceremonial first pitch a the Marlins game, but because of his injuries he asked one of the special fundraisers to take his place on the pitcher's mound.
Charlie Marek has cochlear implants. He helped Landis raise $1,200. "I'm hoping to donate money for kids that don't have implants, and they can get the gift of hearing that not everyone can get," said Marek.
"I wouldn't be here right now without the implant. It pretty much means the world to me," said Landis.
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