Kathryn McCabe

Kathryn suffered a stroke in 2012 and is working hard to regain strength in her right side.  She walks with a cane and enjoys the water. A diver before her stroke, she is working to enjoy this sport again despite her hemiplegia.

Cody Johnson

Cody joined the Marines and spent a year and a half in the infantry before being medically discharged, a problem with his ankles. In 2014 Cody suffered a gunshot wound to his left leg, which had to be amputated. In 2015 he applied to the Dive Pirates Foundation after a friend at the gym told…

Courtney Mazzola

Courtney has been blind since birth, and perceives some movement and light. She lovesocean and can’t wait to feel the open space of underwater. She never even thought about diving until friend and dive pirate Michael Malarsie convinced her to give it a try. Now she can’t wait!

Avery Downing

Avery is an amazing young lady, an accomplished gymnast who fell while practicing on the unevenbars, a fall that caused a spinal cord injury. Now a person with paraplegia, Avery is very independent and drives herself. She loves a challenge and has been looking forward to diving.

Jean Paul Lauren

“JP” served in the United States Air Force in the 1970’s working in intelligence. In 2006 he was injured while skydiving, colliding with an irrigation system while landing in tall grass. He sustained multiple injuries causing paraplegia. Before his accident JP was a PADI certified open water diver and he’s thrilled to have the chance…

Melissa Veale

Melissa works in the Spinal Cord Damage Research Center located at the Bronx VA Medical Center in Bronx, NY. As a teenager Melissa was enjoying a day in the park when she fell from the top of a gazebo. The fall caused a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia. She is looking forward to the…

Charles Davis Dive Pirate recipient 2016

Charles Davis

When Charles Davis was 21 years old he was in a motorcycle accident, causing incomplete paralysis.  Referred to as tetraplegia, he can use leg braces to get around short distances and needs a wheelchair when not at home. Charles runs the office for his business with his brother, an electrician. Their other passion is guns,…

Edward Monzu

Edward lost his hearing when he was 15 months old and relies mostly on sign language for communication.  Trained with an interpreter at DiVentures in Omaha, NE,  he is now a classified open water diver.  He works for the Air Force in Omaha.

Raymond Hernandez

Retired Specialist E4, US Army.  Ray served in the infantry from 1985-1988 stationed in Germany and Ft. Knox.  After his military career he suffered a gunshot wound causing a spinal cord injury, resulting in paraplegia.  He is very active and enjoys swimming and wheelchair tennis.

Emily Obert

Emily is a product design engineer for the auto industry, a career that brought her to Michigan.  Involved in other adaptive sports where she used to live, she started searching out opportunities online and found John Iszler and Capital City Scuba, a great Dive Pirates Chapter that has already sponsored past recipients.  On September 4th,…