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On August 11, 2011, at the age of 16, life changed for Cole Sydnor and his family in an instant. While swimming with friends on the James River in Richmond, Virginia, Cole dove into the river and hit his head on a rock, shattering his C5 vertebrae and is paralyzed from his chest down.

Only the quick thinking of Cole’s friends saved his life. Cole was sent to MCV where he spent 11 days in ICU. He had surgery to remove bone fragments and to stabilize his spine. On August 22, 2011, Cole was transferred to the Shepherd Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, Georgia to begin his long rehabilitation.

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January 26, 2018

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June 8, 2016

Cole, You're an inspiration to all of us cousins in Texas! Blessings on you and your family! We love you!

Judith Sydnor McNeel

October 8, 2013

Be Strong. God will lead you through this.

Shannon Assante

October 8, 2013

Dear Cole and the entire Sydnor family, God Bless! You are such an inspiration and a reminder of what really matters. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I work with your mom at Brighton and my husband, Tony and I have traveled with your parents on Brighton trips.

Much Love, Tony and Rhonda Colatruglio

October 8, 2013

Hi Cole, Thinking of you, with prayers from Cathy Reese (I am a friend of your dads from Farmers Insurance, Agoura Hills Ca) Cathy Reese November 23, 2011

Cathy Reese - Agoura Hills Ca