Sep 25, 2013, 9:58 AM PDT
After six months on the road pedaling more than 10,000 miles, making 29 stops at Major League ballparks, and raising over $140,000 for the hearing impaired, Jacob Landis was struck by a Freightliner truck just four miles from his final stop.
Landis, 24, suffered a severe concussion, broken nose, two small fractures on each cheekbone, a chipped front tooth, and his right lip is swollen with cuts and bruises on his nose and face. The accident occurred on US Highway 27 near Miami, Fl. The driver of the truck never stopped to check on him. Doctors have advised him to stay off his bike for two weeks.
What a cruel twist of fate.
“I don’t remember anything that happened until I woke up at the hospital,” Landis said in a release. “I just want to thank everyone for their kind words through my Facebook account and special thanks to all of my supporters who made this ride possible.”
Bruised, battered, and beat up in the worst way, Landis’ story of perseverance became even more incredible. On Tuesday, he walked across the finish line at Marlins Park — just two days after the accident.
Landis was born with normal hearing, but was deaf by age 10. After a cochlear implant allowed him to rejoin the hearing world, he wanted to find a way to grant the same gift to kids with a similar disability. On April 3, Landis set off on a fundraising cross country bike ride. He rode from Annapolis, Md. all the way to California, then doubled back across the country.
Jacob’s Ride may be complete, but he needs help now more than ever. You can donate money to his cause here: Help Jacob Landis reach his fundraising goal. Or simply text JACOB to 50555 to donate $10. He is still well short of the $1 million he hoped to raise.
Field of Teams spent time with Jacob when he made his stops in the Bay Area. When he arrived in San Francisco, he made new friends with the Righetti family. You can see the story below.
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