Charity biker rider reaches final destination despite crash

By Elsa Bolt, Producer, EBolt@wplg.com
Andrea Brody, Reporter, abrody@Local10.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:30:55 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 25 2013 05:00:10 PM EDT

A bike rider has been on a mission to reach every major league baseball stadium, raising awareness for a great cause. But he suffered a setback when he was hit by a truck while on his way to Miami.

MIAMI -

A bike rider has been on a mission to reach every major league baseball stadium, raising awareness for a great cause.

But he suffered a setback when he was hit by a truck while on his way to Miami.

24-year-old Jacob Landis was hit on US Highway South by a truck on Monday.

Witnesses say he was hit by a blue Freightliner truck that was pulling a refrigerated trailer.

He suffered a severe concussion, broken nose, fractures on each cheekbone, a chipped front tooth, and cuts and bruises to his face.  He also has his left arm in a sling and can't ride his bike for at least two weeks.

But on Tuesday, Landis reached his final destination, Marlins Park, by foot.

Born with normal hearing but deaf by age 10, Landis received a cochlear implant, allowing him to be fully functional in the hearing world.  Since April 3, he has cycled more than 10,000 miles and has completed visits to 30 major league baseball stadiums across the country.

He's trying to raise $1 million for children who could benefit from a cochlear implant, but cannot afford one.

If you would like to help out with his cause, click here.

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