Despite accident, cyclist finishes trip at Marlins Park
MIAMI -- A serious accident three nights earlier failed to prevent Jacob Landis from completing a charity bicycle ride around the major leagues in Miami.
Landis reached his 30th and last ballpark, Marlins Park, for Tuesday night's game between Miami and Philadelphia. Unlike at all the other MLB venues, Landis was forced to stay off his bike after he suffered serious injuries when hit by a truck in central Florida on Saturday night.
"No regrets," Landis, 24, told FOX Sports Florida. "We raised more than $140,000. I'm just thankful that the accident happened on the last leg."
Landis suffered a concussion, a broken cheekbone, a broken nose and a chipped tooth. The southpaw's left arm was in a sling Tuesday night, meaning he could not throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He stood next to 9-year-old Dylan Boehler, who did the honor.
For most of the ride, cousin Jack Riddle drove a van beside Landis. For the final ride, Riddle wanted to bike next to his relative.
"Good thing he did, that's why I'm here today," Landis said.
Landis' parents, Randy and Lois, flew from their home in the Baltimore area to join their son in Miami.
Born with hearing, Landis began to lose the ability to hear as a child. He had a Cochlear implant as a 10 year old.
Jacob's Ride raised money for other hearing-impaired youngsters. Cochlear implants are electronic device doesn't amplify the actual sounds, but it provides a sense of sound to the brain.
Boehler has a Cochlear implant. He’d heard about Jacob’s Ride and raised $650 going door-to-door in his Milwaukee neighborhood.
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