Jacob Landis, a young college graduate with a cochlear implant, is biking across the country to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, to support the fundraising project called Jacob’s Ride. He is coming to Kansas City for the Royals game on September 2, Labor Day! Proceeds will go to hospitals and organizations who will help cover the costs of cochlear implant surgery for candidates who cannot afford to pay for the procedure on their own. ”Jacob’s Ride” began April 3, 2013, in Annapolis, Maryland, where he biked to the National’s Stadium in Washington D.C. and was there to watch the game, as well as to support his cause.
(Picture posted on http://www.jacobsride.com/)
The long journey to beginning this project started when Jacob was two years old and began to lose his hearing. His hearing got progressively worse as he got older, even with the use of hearing aids. At age ten, Jacob received a cochlear implant, which he feels benefits his life greatly. Jacob loves baseball, biking, and hearing loss advocacy, and decided to utilize those things to create the project. Jacob’s Ride has raised over $105,000, and Jacob has biked over 7.500 miles. The ultimate goal is to raise $1,000,000 by the time “Jacob’s Ride” ends.
For the September 2 Royals game, everyone is encouraged to pre-buy Royals tickets (buy before game day) to Join Jacob at Royals Game and attend the pre-game meet and greet Tailgate Party to meet Jacob and pick up tickets. Tickets are discounted at a great cost of just $15 (actual value $33) a ticket specifically in support of Jacob’s Ride event. Late arrivals can pick up tickets at the will-call booth. Jacob will be siiting at the honorable Buck O’Neil seat, but will come to the reserved block of seats to visit during the game. Donations are also accepted on that website where tickets are pre-ordered if you prefer to make a donation. Please bring your own lawn chairs to watch the news media interviews while enjoying sloppy joes & chips for $5 and water or soda for $1.
Volunteers are welcome to sign up for a 30 minute slot on KC Jacob’s Ride Tailgate Reception Volunteer Sign Up. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate a photo shoot with Jacob, allow Jacob time to sign autographs and have a chat, and then move on to the next fan in line. A guest book will also be available for people to write their comments to Jacob at the Meet & Greet area during the Tailgate Reception.