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 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 for more information. In addition, Swim With Mike offers those who purchase a full or half page ad, recognition on their website at 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.

To register for events (opening soon), click this link: Let’s Roll! Kelly and Cole Sydnor

Click here to read about Cole’s progress. You must register, then search for colesydnor.
To purchase t-shirts, wrist bands, etc.
please contact Kimber Rotty at .
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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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