Cindy Kolbe

Cindy Kolbe has been a lifelong disability advocate—even before her daughter’s spinal cord injury. The second edition of her memoir is Just Keep Swimming: a crash, a quest, and waves of hope. It chronicles a mom’s crisis, a daughter’s paralysis, and extraordinary travels that carry them from a small town in Ohio to Harvard and around the world. Cindy lives near Boston and presents workshops at Abilities Expos across the country. Her website ( includes her popular newsletter titled, “Just Keep Swimming!” If you never give up? Hope wins.

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