Jacob's Ride 2015 got off to an amazing start with this $10,000 donation from The Jaklitsch Law Group. Rick Jaklitsch presented the check to Jacob at the Kick-Off Fundraiser in Annapolis.
Here's Jacob approaching Houston on the 2013 Ride. At this point his body fat index was near 0%. He needed to consume nearly 8,000 calories and over four gallons of water each day.
Jacob's Ride gets a water hand off in Texas
Excruciating 95-degree days in high humidity were endured with help from supporters. Jacob was grateful for this bottle of cold water on a dusty road in a small town in Texas.
During the 2013 Home Run for Hearing Ride, nearly 4,000 supporters joined Jacob at the 30 Major League baseball stadiums. Here are some of the supporters in Miami.
James one of Jacob's Ride first CI recipient.
Jacob met with cochlear implant recipient James one week prior to implantation. Jacob's Ride helped to finance James' surgery via the Gift of Hearing Foundation.
Crossing the state line into Florida with less than 500 miles to go! Two days later, a hit-and-run accident with a semi-trailer truck cut the Ride short. Jacob was down but not out; he completed the Ride in 2014.
During the 2013 Home Run for Hearing Ride, Jacob usually stayed in host homes. Here are his hosts at one of the stops in Ohio.

Why ride?

Jacob's Ride was established in 2013 to raise funds and public awareness about the benefits of cochlear implants for the deaf. Jacob Landis, a cochlear implant recipient, has dedicated himself to helping others receive the gift of hearing.

TWO rides scheduled for 2015!

May 26th-July 19th

"Jacob's Ride - Riding for the Gift of Hearing"

Coast to Coast, 3,800 miles in 54 days

This Ride will be a coast-to-coast journey, beginning on the Pacific Ocean at Ventura Beach. First, Jacob will ride to Advanced Bionics headquarters in Valencia for the official send-off. From there, Jacob's Ride will go through Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Omaha, Kansas City, Saint Louis, and Milwaukee, then on to New Holland, PA, and Lewes, DE. The Ride will end in Ocean City, Maryland on July 19, 2015. During this trip, Jacob plans to attend seven baseball games (four minor league and three major league).

August 1st-5th

"Homerun for Hearing II"

4 Maryland Ball Parks, 287 miles in 5 Days

The second Ride will be a quick, short and fun event, with Jacob riding to all four of the minor league teams in Maryland. Jacob will visit the Bowie Baysox on August 1st, the Frederick Keys on August 2nd, the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Cal Ripken's team) on the 3rd and the Delmarva Shorebirds in Salisbury on August 5th. We plan to encourage other bicyclists to ride along. More details will be posted as they are finalized.

The reason Jacob Rides!