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 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 www.swimwithmike.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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