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Jacob's Ride aims to visit all 30 MLB ballparks to raise money for hearing-impaired children

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As a child, Jacob Landis had progressive hearing loss. By the time he turned 10, he was deaf.

But Jacob was fortunate. He received a cochlear implant that restored his hearing.

"Everything kind of sounded normal almost the minute they turned it on," says Jacob.

Now, as an adult, Jacob is taking his show on the road. It's called Jacob's Ride.

He will hear the crack of the bat at every major league ballpark in America. He will ride his bicycle 10,500 miles and hopes to raise a million dollars to help pay for other children to get cochlear implant surgery, which can cost up to $100,000.

One in ten Americans suffers from hearing loss.

"The most important thing is the awareness that Jacob is bringing across the nation to every person who is deaf and could actually benefit from a cochlear implant and don't know about them," says Eileen Jones, founder of The Gift of Hearing Foundation.

Jacob left from Annapolis Wednesday morning. He plans to finish in September in Miami.



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