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Robin Davis

Former Senior Airman Robin Davis, USAF As far back as she can remember, Robin always dreamed of being a fighter pilot, so she made up her mind she was going to join the Air Force, even though it was not a position held by women.  Her plans changed when she had a son at an early age;…

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Benjamin Hetrick

Former Lance Corporal Benjamin Hetrick, USMC Ben’s life changed forever when he was involved in a motorcycle accident in 2012. The crash caused a complete break of his spinal cord at the T-12 vertebra, paralyzing him completely from the waist down. His ordeal is a reminder of the dangers most of us face on the…

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Kelly Talamantes

Kelly Talamantes of Fort Worth, Texas is someone who simply cannot be slowed down. Moving from Florida with her husband and two children a few years ago, they had settled well until one night in April of 2017. Returning home from an evening out, Kelly and her husband were struck by a young driver who…

Shane Hultine headshot 2019 DiVentures Omaha student

Shane Hultine

Shane Hultine was born in rural Illinois and attended local community college before moving up to Northern Illinois University, acquiring a  B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technologies and Management. Soon after, he moved to Aurora, Illinois to begin work as an assistant manager at a local production facility. It seemed that things were on the right track for Shane until…

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Brandon “Shane” Crider

Brandon “Shane” Crider had a rough start from the beginning. His mother passed away when he was only 6, leaving him in the alternating care of his father and grandparents. Early on he developed a strong work ethic and a mentality of, “If I don’t do it, it wouldn’t get done.” After high school he…

Ryan Lamber headshot 2019 recipient

Ryan Lambert

Ryan Lambert of Waco, Texas was on the fast-track to athletic success. An accomplished high school football player, he had been negotiating with a number of colleges about signing on to play for their teams. However, nothing could prepare Ryan or his family for the tragedy that occurred in his junior year. He had been…

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Matt McCollor

Retired Technical Sgt. Matt McCollor, US Air Force   I was diagnosed with MS in the year 2000, in my 14th year of service in the Air Force. I was medically retired in 2004, after 18 years, 2 months and 17 days of military service. When I was diagnosed, I wasn’t sure what that meant…

Hunter Heck Southern Ohio Dive Pirate Recipient 2018

Hunter Heck

In the early hours of October 6, 2012, Hunter Heck was walking with his cousin along a rainy sidewalk on his way to a friend’s apartment.  Hunter, a junior at Miami University, had recently found his niche in the campus gymnastics club and had just left a party the group was putting on that night.…

Cory Cook Dive Pirate recipient 2019

Cory Cook

Cory Cook met another Dive Pirate while working as a Re-Walk ambassador, and has always thought about diving. So he applied to the Foundation and joined us on our June 2019 trip to Cayman Brac.   In 2012 Cory dove into shallow water, fracturing his C-7 vertebrae, causing paraplegia. After intense therapy and rehabilitation, Cory is back…

Dive Pirate recipient 2018

Steve Holbert

Retired Corporal Steve Holbert, US Marines joined the Marines right out of high school at age 17, and spent four years serving his country as an avionics technician. He then left the marines and continued the same occupation as a civilian, all the while pursuing his dream of becoming a pilot. Eventually working his way up…