MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A Ft. Lauderdale man who lost both of his arms in an accident in 1992 has embarked on a cross country bike ride to raise money to buy a prosthetic arm for a toddler.

Hector Picard, a motivational speaker and triathlete, is riding for Jameson Davis, a 1-year-old boy born without forearms.

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Picard will make a 3,200 mile ride on a custom-made bike from Miami to Spokane, Wash. The 36-day itinerary takes him through 13 states.

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He was undeterred departing Saturday despite encountering the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea.

Picard hopes to raise $32,000 to buy the boy’s first electronic prosthetic arm.

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