By FOX News | Foxnews.com | July 9, 2011
A Marine who nearly died in Iraq is giving back to his fellow servicemen and women by biking for the second time 430 miles from Scottsdale, Ariz., to San Diego, Calif., MyFoxPhoenix.com reported.
The annual Bike430 ride, which will be held October 12 this year, raises money for injured Marines and their families through the Injured Marine Fund.
"As long as I can ride my bike I'm going to start helping Marines and any veterans that need help," Angel Gomez said.
The brain injury Gomez suffered was so severe doctors didn't think he would make it. Now, he's giving back trying to help other Marines who are struggling with war injuries.
"I took shrapnel in the head and I lost use of the right side of my body," Gomez said.
Gomez says the injury changed his life. He was a 19-year-old serving in Iraq when an improvised explosive device hit him. He lost part of his brain.
"I couldn't walk I couldn't talk I pretty much had to start all over everything," he said.
On Friday, DNA Cycles gave Gomez a free bike that'll make it easier for him to ride with the limitations on the right side of his body.
DNA Cycles owner Don Eldrige rode with Gomez to San Diego last year. It's a bike ride for charity he'll never forget.
"How do you not help somebody like Angel... Having a rider like Angel on the ride is more inspirational than having the most professional athlete. It's very moving."
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