Sharecare: Meet Kerry Gruson, Retired Journalist

Sharecare: Meet Kerry Gruson, Retired Journalist

Diveheart adaptive diver Kerry Gruson.
 
Meet Kerry Gruson, a retired journalist for The New York Times that we had the honor of featuring in our latest episode of Sharing Care. In 1974, Kerry was nearly choked to death, leaving her without oxygen and leading to Neurological Parkinson’s Disease, a condition that would affect her for the rest of her life. However, this did not stop her from living her life to the fullest – see how she continues to show her bravery and courage through Diveheart.

 
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Why did this veteran choose Diveheart training ?

Why did this veteran choose Diveheart training when he became an Adaptive Scuba Instructor?

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Deepest pool in the world may be built in Chicago area

Deepest pool in the world may be built in Chicago area

Chicago Tribune / Aurora Beacon-News
February 7, 2017
by Denise Crosby

Diveheart, founded by Jim Elliott in 2001, has created an impressive name for itself throughout the country by helping those with illnesses and disabilities discover the therapeutic wonders that this underwater activity can provide.

Jim Elliott’s goal: to build what he said would be the world’s deepest warm-water pool – 150 feet, to be exact – at the corner of Broadway and North Avenue that would be used for research, rehabilitation, education and training.

For those with limited mobility, the benefits of physical therapy in a zero gravity environment is well-documented. And more recent research from leading universities, including Johns Hopkins, shows that scuba diving has unique effects on the minds and bodies of those with many types of disabilities, including chronic pain, spinal cord paralysis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, autism, PTSD and brain injuries.


Diveheart volunteers teach members of the DuPage County Veterans Center the basics of scuba diving in a recent class at the Fox Valley Park District Vaughan Center in Aurora.

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Distinguished Alumni: Jim Elliott (The Courier – DuPage College student newspaper)

Distinguished Alumni: Jim Elliott (The Courier – DuPage College student newspaper)

Jim Elliott
Then: Sports reporter, class of ‘77

Now: Founder and President of Diveheart. Honored as the West Suburban Philanthropic Network Humanitarian of the Year.

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Jim Elliott attended COD as a journalism major, covering the state championship-winning hockey team for the Courier. After graduation he was offered a job at the Chicago Tribune and moved to radio and television. Elliott followed a 20- year dream in 2001 when he founded his non-profit, Diveheart, where he works every day without collecting a salary. Elliott is a noted Rotarian and has been featured in Money magazine, Success magazine, CNN, ABC7 and more.

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Listen: Half Century Later, Diver Revisits Statue He Helped Place (WLRN Miami S. Florida)

Listen: Half Century Later, Diver Revisits Statue He Helped Place (WLRN Miami S. Florida)

By Nancy Klingener – Aug 18, 2016
WLRN Miami/S. Florida

Gabriel Spataro was instrumental in placing an Italian statue, cast from the same mold as Genoa’s Christ of the Abyss, in the waters off Key Largo.

That was in 1965. Recently Spataro revisited the statue, which is locally referred to as Christ of the Deep.

“Today, when I went diving on it, it hit my soul and I felt really good,” said Spataro.

He suffers from macular degeneration but said he could still see the statue – and how different it looks with decades of coral growth.

“There’s coral and things growing on the statue. But the basic thing, with those arms reaching out and looking up at the sky, even though all the coral and that is on it, it still has that impression,” Spataro said. “It’s a personal feeling that you get between yourself and the statue.”

Spataro has returned to the statue several times in recent years with Diveheart, a group that helps people with disabilities go scuba diving.

See & listen on WLRN website (Miami/S. Florida)

Diving Past Boundaries: Scuba as Therapy (CNN)

Diving Past Boundaries: Scuba as Therapy (CNN / Great Big Story)

At first glance, scuba diving may seem a surprising therapy for people with severe cognitive and physical disorders. But as Jim Elliott, founder of the non-profit Diveheart knows, diving can be a potent treatment. Participants find they not only experience freedom from the obstacles they face on land, but also relief from chronic pain, increased mobility, and most importantly, a boost in self-esteem.

 

 

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Diveheart Featured in Emirates Diving Association (EDA) Magazine

Diveheart Featured in Emirates Diving Association (EDA) Magazine

The Diveheart team is featured in the Emirates Diving Association EDA Magazine June 2016 issue on the Diveheart Scuba Experience program with Kids Scuba held at the TWI facility in Shah Alam, Malaysia. The team was introducing Persons With Disabilities (PWD) to commercial diving opportunities in the Region.

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