MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A Maryland man’s 175-day bicycle journey to raise awareness about cochlear implants wrapped up Tuesday at Marlins Park with a finale party, but not exactly the way he had intended for it to end.
Twenty-four-year-old Jacob Landis, who is deaf, was struck Saturday on U.S. 27 while cycling toward Miami. A witness said Landis was hit by a mirror of a Freightliner truck pulling a refrigerated trailer.
“I don’t remember anything that happened until I woke up at the hospital. 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,” said Landis in a statement.
Landis suffered a severe concussion, broken nose, a two small fracture on each cheekbone, a chipped front tooth, and his right lip is swollen with cuts and bruises on his nose and face. His left arm is in a sling and he has been advised not to ride his bike for at least 2 weeks.
Landis had cycled more than 10,000 miles and completed visits to 29 of the 30 major league baseball stadiums across the country to raise money and awareness for cochlear implant surgeries.
He was on schedule to complete his mission to bike to every Major League Ballpark when he was struck. So on Tuesday he walked his bike into Marlins Park and thanked his supporters.
Jacob was 10 when he received a cochlear implant that allowed him to hear. His goal was to raise $1 million to help others who can’t afford the implant.
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