On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Jacob Landis spoke to the Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County at the Killarney House in Davidsonville, MD and announced plans for two separate charity rides this summer.
The first ride will begin in late May in California and finish in Ocean City Maryland in mid-July. A second shorter ride will occur during the first five days of August and go to all four of Maryland's minor league baseball clubs.
Landis started his national charity, Jacob's Ride, in 2013, to raise funds and awareness about cochlear implants for deaf and severely hearing impaired children and adults. All net proceeds from his 2015 Rides will go to the Gift of Hearing Foundation.
Landis shared stories from his 11,000-mile ride in 2013. That ride circled the United States as he and his supporters attended baseball games in all 30 major league baseball stadiums. The results of that six-month ride provided financial assistance for seven cochlear implant surgeries.
Jacob commented that the Davidsonville area, located in southern Anne Arundel County. is one of his favorite places to ride his bike. “If this meeting was a little later in the morning, I would be standing here in cycling clothes,” Jacob remarked.
Landis delivered a ten-minute speech detailing how his cochlear implant has enabled him to live a busy and active life in the audible world.
The most recent cochlear implant recipient, two-year old James Mohney, lives in the Baltimore area. The chance to meet the family of a recipient inspired Landis to begin planning the other rides to take place this summer.
Rotary's District Governor Bill Fine, who first met Landis at a Rotary Club breakfast in early 2013, has followed Jacob's Ride enthusiastically. The August ride to the Maryland minor league teams will be promoted as “Home Run for Hearing II” and consist of roughly 300 miles over a five-day day period. All of the Rotary Clubs in the Maryland District are expected to participate.
Landis hopes to raise at least $100,000 this summer, in order to fund ten additional cochlear implant surgeries.