Roll With Cole

Community Making a Difference

We now have two options for donations:

HelpHOPELive (formerly NTAF) manages donations that are for medical equipment, adaptive equipment and supplies. All donations through HelpHOPELive are tax deductible. Click here to go to our website.

A trust has been established to hold donations that can be more flexible than those given through HelpHOPELive. Donations to this trust are NOT tax deductible. Please make checks payable to ‘The Cole Sydnor Fund’ and send to
   BB&T, Kings Charter Branch
   9707 Sliding Hill Rd.
   Ashland, VA 23005

Hello friends!

Cole and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your amazing participation during last year's inaugural RollwithCole Sport-A-Thon benefiting the Swim with Mike scholarship fund for disabled athletes. What a tremendous success! Without your enthusiasm, time, talent, and treasure we could not have have put together such a fun and meaningful event. This event was the highlight of our family's year and we are extremely proud of what our community was able to achieve by coming together for a fun-filled day focused on heath and fitness, friendly competition, and selfless giving. You continue to inspire us and others around the nation by your willingness to support great causes like Swim with Mike. Cole was asked to recap last year's event during Sunday night's national Swim with Mike conference call for board members, scholarship recipients, and even Mike Nyeholt himself. Cole shared about how passionately our community rallied to support his effort to give back to this awesome scholarship fund. It was obvious the group was incredibly impressed by your commitment and participation.

This year's Sport-A-Thon has been moved forward to Saturday, May 30. Please save the new date. We need you, again, this year to create another spectacular experience for our neighborhoods while helping others achieve their scholastic goals.

IMPORTANT!!! Deadline: 3/1 to Place a Yearbook Ad: !!!

Swim with Mike's full color yearbook will be given out at all events, including the RollwithCole Sport-A-Thon, to participants, guests, and donors. It is also mailed to major donors around the country. The yearbook includes photos and bios of all scholarship recipients and other important Swim with Mike information. The attached Rate Card/Sign up form will explain all the particulars. We would love to see your business represented. In addition, Swim With Mike offers those who purchase a full or half page ad, recognition on their website at with a link to your business website, if you wish. This is an excellent option to highlight your business while helping to sponsor our event. Please consider placing and ad and remember the deadline is 3/1 (this Sunday).

Also, please consider joining our leadership team, signing up to volunteer for the day of event, and registering to compete in an event or two. You will have a blast, I promise! Feel free to share this email with others so they can join our team and/or place an ad so we can make a huge impact, once again. Any questions can be emailed to me at

We are looking forward to kick-starting the planning season with you and we'll be in touch with more updates. Let's Roll!

Kelly and Cole Sydnor

This interview/video was shown during the March 29, 2014 Shining Knight Gala, VCU/MCV Trauma Center's largest fundraising event of the year (held at the Jefferson) after which, he was awarded the first ever "Trauma Survivor Giving Back" award.

On August 11, 2011, Cole was with some friends on the James River and, after diving into the river, struck his head on a submerged rock. Fortunately, he was quickly noticed and pulled from the river. Cole suffered a "horrific" fracture of the spine leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. He initially went into traction at the Medical College of Virginia at VCU to align the vertebrae; then surgery to stabilize the spine. Once stabilized, Cole was airlifted to The Shepherd Center for 122 days of rehabilitation. Prayers, financial support, letters of encouragement and visits from friends were crucial to him during his recovery. After a year, Cole realizes his journey is far from over; he has much to accomplish in his life and is determined not to let this injury prevent him from achieving his goals. He works hard to recover as much physical function as he can and continues to push himself academically, as always. Cole is a special young man facing huge life challanges. He doesn't want to do this alone; he still needs your love and support and thrives on making his family, friends and amazing community proud of him. We thank God and everyone who has committed time, talent and treasure to restoring Cole. We are forever grateful and ask that you continue to Roll With Cole!

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