At 3 years old, Cole was diagnosed with Stickler syndrome, a genetic disorder with no cure, characterized by a distinctive facial appearance, eye abnormalities, hearing loss, and joint problems. The condition has required Cole to have eight surgeries, numerous other procedures, and sleep studies due to his obstructive sleep apnea.
But Cole takes it all in stride. He lives his life just as any other 10-year-old would, making adjustments as needed, such as helping to "coach" his youth baseball team. He makes friends everywhere he goes, including a recent charity Wiffle ball tournament at the University of Cincinnati. Cole took part in batting practice, where he hit the ball, ran the bases, and slid into home plate to a roaring standing ovation. Cole has many strong friendships, and is always willing to try something new, especially if it helps others.