NAPLES, Fla - A Naples man, whose life changed in a tragic twist of fate, is dedicating his life to helping people who have lost a limb.
More than 40 years ago, Bob Ayres life changed forever. He was on the side of the road changing a flat tire, when he was hit by a car. He was in a coma for three months and broke almost every bone in his body.
After years of surgeries, doctor's amputated his right leg in 1985. He spent the next 20 years lost. "I was angry," says Ayres. "I felt like I lost my identity. I was afraid. I was addicted to meds and to escape, I was drinking quite a bit."
In 2005, Bob went into a liquor induced coma, but his story doesn't end there. "When I was in a coma, an angel visited me," says Bob. "I was told it was not a mistake I survived the accident and that my journey had been planned for me."
He took that message to heart and founded Miracle Limbs - Courage in Motion, a non-profit aimed to help amputees and their families. "I had to reach out to others to share my strength, my hope and my faith," says Ayres.
This Saturday, more than 400 cyclists will raise funds for amputees in Collier County in the 5th annual Bike Benefit at North Collier Regional Park. The money raised helps pay for prosthetics, home improvements and therapy, but more importantly it allows Bob to continue his journey.
"We hear it, we feel their pain," says Bob. "We feel their frustration, so they don't have to go down the road I went. They're not alone."
The event is Saturday March 16 and you can register the day of. Paralympian April Holmes is the guest speaker.
For more information go to: www.miraclelimbs.org