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Double-Amputee Cyclist Stops in Springfield During Cross-Country Journey

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Rob Jones, a decorated Marine who lost both his legs in Afghanistan in 2010,made a stop in Springfield Monday on his cycling journey across the U.S. to raise money and awareness for veterans’ causes.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Rob Jones, a decorated Marine who lost both his legs in Afghanistan in 2010,made a stop in Springfield Monday on his cycling journey across the U.S. to raise money and awareness for veterans’ causes.

"I wouldn't ever really say I was a cyclist. I wouldn't say I'm a cyclist now," Jones said. "I'm not trying to be an inspiration, I'm just kind of doing what I'm going to do and hoping someone can get inspiration out of that."

Jones hopes to raise $1 million for charities like The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, The Semper Fi Fund and Ride2Recovery.

"Its simple really,” Jones said. "I am committed to giving back to the organizations that were there for me in my darkest hours."

Armed with his bike and prosthetic biking legs, Jones’ journey began on Oct. 14, 2013 in Bar Harbor, Maine. Since then, he has already cycled over 2,000 miles and plans to end his journey in California after 5,400 miles by cycling an average of 35 miles per day.

"It's been tough at some times, easier sometimes," Jones said.

For more information on Jones’ journey, click here.

For more information on the event at the DoubleTree on N. Glenstone, click here.

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