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November 15, 2012

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November 15, 2012

I found out about about diveheart through the rehabilation Institute of Chicago. I have Cerebral Palsy but am always looking for activities that will challenge me. When I first met Diveheart, they were very professional, knowledgeable and fun to work with. I had such a blast with them!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 14, 2012

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November 14, 2012

Our 11-year-old son Matthew has cerebral palsy and is very limited in the physical activities in which he can participate. The first time we went to a Diveheart event Matthew was pretty nervous since he had never scubaed before and wasn't sure what to expect. The volunteers were incredibly nice and they made Matthew feel comfortable immediately. In no time he was underwater and loving it! Gravity is his enemy but underwater he can be free to move around just like everybody else. We had done quite a bit of research on Diveheart before we went to the event and we had very high expectations. Those expectations weren't only met--they were exceeded.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012

Diveheart has served my son who has autism well over the years. The volunteers are all super kind and generous with their time. They have helped my him to recognize that he can accomplish something he has never tried before. I will not forget how it brought happy tears to my eyes when he did make a dive under the water in a local swimming pool. Awesome work, Diveheart! You have helped raise my son's self-esteem in a fun way.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

February 13, 2011

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February 13, 2011

Diveheart has opened up a brand new world for my twin sons with Autism. Both boys are avid swimmers and are on a summer swim team, but Diveheart has shown them that moving slowly in the water allows you to see and experience so much more. My sons said that "breathing underwater is like being a fish and not having to come up for air". The Diveheart volunteers are caring, supportive and I felt completely at ease watching them in the water. Thank you to Jim and the whole Diveheart organization for offering "another way to share our beautiful planet".

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Seeing my boys smiling faces when they accomplished their first scuba learning experience.

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No changes needed. Keep up the fantastic and life changing work.

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

I had the opportunity to experience diving with DIVEHEART at the Wisconsin Women Veterans Conference held at Ft McCoy, WI this past weekend. As a 100% disabled combat Veteran DIVEHEART helped build my confidence that I CAN particpate in active sports. The most amazing part was being able to float on the bottom of the pool and experience TOTAL pain relief for a few moments in my life. I hope DIVEHEART can expand it's program and reach all disabled veterans across the country.

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Milwaukee and Ft McCoy, WI

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it more available to disabled veterans nation wide

October 15, 2010

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October 15, 2010

My name is John J2 Mryczko and I am a action sports enthusiast, designer, promoter, producer, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker living with a spinal cord injury. I have been involved in Action sports for almost all my life. i have tried and participated in many sports but never got a chance to try SCUBA untill DiveHeart

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i have gone diving with diveheart. video and photos at www.J2RollsOn.com and www.ExtremeChairing.org

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing.

October 7, 2010

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October 7, 2010

Everyone involved in Diveheart is wonderful. I feel comfortable in the water right away. I need help getting the tank on, and all the care I receive while in the water is terrific. My son,who is my diving buddy just got certified this summer, it was the highlight of his summer. The freedom he felt while diving was fantastic.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The freedom found in movement under water, that due to my MS, I do not have on land.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 5, 2010

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October 5, 2010

My son has autism. He was invited by Diveheart to "give it a try" at a "Discover Scuba" class for people with a disability. When we arrived, I was touched by the number of great and happy volunteers (certified divers) in the mix of people. They approached us and introduced themselves and made us feel welcomed. But what actually transpired during the course of that evening for my son is difficult to find the right words to describe ALL their successes. My son, up to that point, had not been able to complete a task without suffering from a meltdown before, during or after an event. That evening, however, in the water, with 3:1 volunteer staff/participant ratio, he was engaged. He was able to don mask, tank, weightbelt, etc. and make his first official discovery of what it is like to be able to move and breathe freely while under water. Now, he is no longer fearful of water, and looks forward to participating in future dives. Thank you, Diveheart. You are all special people who help turn one's disability into an ability. We cannot thank you all enough. Glad we finally came to your "Discover Scuba" class. All the best, May

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Diveheart - what is so striking about this organization? It is the people who are happy to work with others with various disabilities, including Autism. They try to understand so they can better assist my child through listening to my child and me.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 4, 2010

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October 4, 2010

There are no words to describe how great Diveheart is. Jim Elliot is an amazing man with a huge heart. I am a veteran of Iraq. I have been out of the Marine Corps for 4 years, working and going to school. I heard about Diveheart through several veterans organizations that I am a part of and immediately wanted to get involved. While I am a disabled vet, I don't have special needs for diving. Jim got me scuba certified so that I can be a buddy diver for veterans with more severe disabilities. Getting the chance to help others with this amazing experience has put a smile back on my face. I think that I have gotten as joy from being a volunteer to the organization as the participants do!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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