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16th Annual Trip

Shake off the cold by planning your 2020 Adventure with Dive Pirates’ 16th Annual Trip We invite divers, non-divers, families, and friends to take in this 16th annual trip. A trip that celebrates the human spirit.     The Dive Pirates Foundation eagerly releases this year’s 16th annual trip taking people with disabilities scuba diving…

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Allison Nicola

Allison Nicola For Allison Nicola 16 years ago, life was very different. She lived life on the edge, taking to the slopes at any opportunity. She was age 15 when the accident happened; going too fast over a 40-foot jump in a snowboarding competition, she shattered her ninth and tenth thoracic vertebrae. Now, paralyzed from…

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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…

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Benjamin Hetrick

Former Lance Corporal Benjamin Hetrick, USMC Ben’s life changed forever when he was 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 reminds us of the dangers faced on the road daily.  However, Ben has…

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Kelly Talamantes

Kelly Talamantes No one can slow down Kelly Talamantes of Fort Worth. Moving from Florida with her husband and two children, they were well settled until one night in April of 2017. Returning home from an evening out, a young driver turned in front of, and struck, Kelly and her husband. The resulting collision sent…

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Shane Hultine

Shane Hultine Shane was born in rural Illinois and attended local community college before moving up to Northern Illinois University. He acquired a B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technologies and Management. He then moved to Aurora, Illinois to work as an assistant manager at a local production facility. Things were on the right track for Shane…

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Brandon “Shane” Crider

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

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Ryan Lambert

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

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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

Hunter Heck In the early hours of October 6, 2012, Hunter Heck was walking with his cousin 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. Up to…