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
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 benefitting 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 day filled with heath and fitness, friendly competition and selfless giving. You continue to inspire us and others around the nation by your willingness to get involved to support a great cause.
This year’s Sport-A-Thon has been moved up to Saturday, May 30. We need you, again, this year! Please participate, volunteer, sponsor, donate, invite others by sharing and/or join our leadership team. You will have a blast, I promise!
The RollwithCole Sport-A-Thon would love to see your business represented. Please consider sponsoring our event. You will be offered a presence at the event and we will post your logo on our RollwithCole Sportathon site with a hyperlink to your business. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. In addition, Swim With Mike offers those who purchase a full or half page ad, recognition on their website at swimwithmike.org/event/roll-with-cole and a link to your business website. This year’s yearbook has already gone to print but we can feature you in next year’s book.
Support our sponsors, please. We couldn’t do this without them
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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