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…

Adaptive Diver Cumming, GA

Louise Estabrook

Louise first snorkeled on her honeymoon and fell in love with the water, she later did a “try scuba” and knew someday she would see the world below. She is now dealing with a progressive neurological disease, an inherited condition that started affecting her motor control when she turned 50. Retiring early from her career as…

Brian Pat Kipf Adaptive Diving Springfield, MO

Brian “Pat” Kipf

Pat Kipf It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the passing of 2018 recipient Pat. We met him in 2017 when he applied to the foundation. Pat and his wife Shelia were selling their business and planning to move to Florida so Pat could be near his beloved ocean while battling the…

Brendan Downes Adaptive Diver Dallas TX

Brendan Downes

Brendan Downes has always been active, learning early on his Spina Bifida did not define him or his desire to be active.  When he started using a wheelchair in 4th grade he joined wheelchair basketball and went on to play wheelchair basketball at the University of Arizona. He tried scuba at camp and realized it was…

Danny Fik Adaptive Diver Fort Worth TX

Danny Fik

Danny was born with spina bifida with tethered cord syndrome, having to undergo multiple surgeries to free his spinal column to accommodate growth. The last surgery was not successful, and he began to use a wheelchair for mobility fulltime at age 13.  Little did the world know he would use that wheelchair and become such an…

DP Ball Invitation

15th Annual Dive Pirates Ball

US Army Major Lisa Jaster headlines 15TH Annual Dive Pirates Event WHO:     Supporters of the Dive Pirates Foundation, past and present recipients, many dressed in pirate flair. WHAT:    15th Annual Dive Pirates Ball to include an online silent auction, live auctioneer, 2018 recipient Retired Maj. Waheed “WU” Khan, and Keynote Speaker Army…

Major Wu Waheed Wu Khan in uniform

Retired Major Waheed “Wu” Khan, USMC

Waheed was born in England and served in the US Marine Corps for 24 years with multiple commands and deployments, including the first Gulf War, Somalia, Kosovo, Colombia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  His American counterparts took his initials W.U. Khan from the back of his uniform and created the nickname “Wu”. A special operations commander, he…

Jeff Ward-headshot-photo

Jeff Ward

Retired Specialist (US Army) Jeff Ward signed up for the Army a week after high school, spending two years with the Army and another six with the National Guard. Although he was offered many career paths by the military, Jeff chose to follow his passion in the culinary field. After serving in the Army mess hall, he…