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Utah man rides bike across country to inspire others suffering from illness
By: Ruben Veloz
EL PASO, Texas--A man who was dead for more than 3 minutes and brought back to life wants to give back those who saved him.
The Utah man is riding his bike across the country to raise money and awareness, and he made a stop in the borderland.
Bob Quick has had two major heart attacks and a stroke, but that isn't stopping him from riding his bicycle.
"They said I would never learn anything beyond that point again," said Quick.
Quick has 16 stents and a pacemaker implanted in his chest.
He suffers from hereditary coronary heart disease and needs the alterations to keep his heart beating.
"If it wasn't for the firefighters in my local town, they never gave up on me," said Quick.
It's because of those firefighters that Quick is on a cross country journey to raise awareness and give back to the first responders who saved his life.
His goal is to ride more than 3,000 miles from San Diego to Florida.
His son Conrad rides along with him, and the younger Quick couldn't be prouder.
"He's one amazing man actually. There aren't too many people out there in the world that would do this with his condition," said Conrad.
In exchange for a place to sleep, Bob gives back to the firefighters by cooking them meals.
The pair has been to many different fire stations along the way including fire station 4 in Las Cruces, N.M. along with stations in Silver City and Deming.
Friday morning, he was at firehouse 31 in west El Paso.
This is his fourth week on the tour, and he's already had some drawbacks along the way.
"I have my good days and bad days," said Quick, most of the time it's good but every once in a while I just hit a wall."
However Quick tells KFOX14 the pain wouldn't be worth it, if he knew there were other people like him suffering the same.
"Don't give up you're going to feel pain no matter what, but if you sit in the couch and start thinking about the pain it's going to take over."
Bob's next stop is San Antonio, but he plans to leave Sunday.
You can follow his progress and donate for his cause on his blog Bob Quick's Journey.
He can also be followed on facebook.
His goal is to raise $1 million for Ogden McKay Dee Hospital Center, Primary Children's Medical Center, Wounded Warrior Fund, Special Olympics, and the Roy Utah Fire Department.