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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April 8, 2018
Fantastic to meet you Cole. What a great young man you are. A chip off the old block like your wonderful parents. Life has much in store for you. Best, Zane
April 7, 2018
Cole, it was a pleasure meeting you and your mom at the Wizards game last night. You are an impressive young man with a bright future in front of you. Keep on caring and working and moving forward.
May 20, 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