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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 25, 2018

For the latest updates on Cole's incredible journey, plus new photos and more, please follow Rolling toward Restoration on Facebook!

December 15, 2016

New pictures!

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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

Zane Neff

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.

Best Wishes,

Glenn Lebowitz

Glenn Lebowitz

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