CODY UNSER FIRST STEP FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

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Location: PO Box 56696 Albuquerque NM 87187 USA

Mission: The Cody Unser First Step Foundation is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising research funds, public awareness and quality of life for those afflicted with all forms of spinal cord-related paralysis. The Foundation will also address the cause, rehabilitation, prevention and cure for Transverse Myelitis, and freely affiliate with other medical, charitable and corporate entities to achieve these goals.
Target demographics: CUFSF’s main focus is to raise awareness for TM and paralysis, to establish Quality of Life programs through scuba diving, and to push scientific research.  With the number of people affected by TM and paralysis rising, the demand for the programs and initiatives set in motion by CUFSF, and the benefits of our future plans for the foundation, will be reaching levels that we would have never imagined.
Geographic areas served: Global
Programs:

***Quality of Life: "Cody's Great Scuba Adventures" and "Operation Deep Down" these programs are designed to use Scuba Diving as a tool for therapeutic and psychological value to promote healing.***

***Awareness initiatives: Awareness is an important priority due to the sense of urgency when faced with an auto-immune disorder. This includes first responder support for auto-immune disorder patients looking for resources and help. As part of this initiative, CUFSF plans to continue developing and maintaining a concrete and user friendly manual and WEB Portal that provides access to disability information. (Visit www.cufsf.org, CUFSF’s Facebook and Twitter). We also use more traditional forms of creating awareness such as hosting and supporting industry related symposiums and conferences.***

***Advocacy initiatives: Advocacy influences the outcomes of public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Our goal is to ensure that decisions made by federal and state governments are aligned with the needs of the general public, especially those with spinal cord-related injuries advocacy is imperative.***

***Medical research initiatives: CUFSF intends to maintain existing partnerships within the medical field as well as encourage collaboration with new hospitals and biotech organizations to bring technology and research programs to the forefront. This initiative will develop opportunities for the disabled community to participate in clinical trials, new treatments/remedies, medicinal therapies and activity-based therapies. More importantly, to prevent secondary conditions, we must be a voice promoting proper health and wellness for overall preventative care.***

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Cody Unser's First Step Foundation is inspirational. Cody is a brave young woman who shares her story and inspires others to understand and move beyond their disabilities to achieve a better quality of life!

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

I watched her documentary and was inspired.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it provides hope and inspiration for millions.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

inspire more!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Continue doing great work, Cody!

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8 people found this review helpful

What can I say...this organization and these people are fantastic! I've been fortunate to have spent time with the Unser's, their friends the Monsam's, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and many others connected to CUFSF. They are all tireless, dedicated, and have the common goal of giving a hand up, not a handout to their fellow human beings. I'm honored to be part of their mission and look forward to the continuing efforts to bring awareness that anything is possible.

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

being able to participate and provide life experiences to others they touch.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I would like to thank the Cody Unser Foundation for supporting our Disabled and Paralyzed Veterans here at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center with PADI and HSA Scuba Certification. Volunteer Bill Monsam drove me more than 5 hours to Balmoreah State Park for my open water scuba certification. I have seen first-hand how scuba diving opens up a whole new world for our disabled veterans. I am both a disabled veteran and a recreation therapist and I will be forever grateful to this organization for open up the underwater sea life to me. It has provided me with many hours of sheer joy. Thank you for your genrosity and for remembering our Veterans who served and continue to serve our country.

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

learning how to scuba dive with paralyzed veterans as well as understanding the benefits of scuba diving and the freedom it gives people with mobility challenges. They taught me how to scuba dive, trained me and gave me materials/books and instruction.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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9 people found this review helpful

These folks know the meaning of hard work, tenacity and grassroots! Committed individuals who know what it takes to make things happen for people with disabilities. Highly recommend them for funding.

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

watching Cody Unser and her videos. Providing people with a new leash in life is exciting!

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

Provide them with the financial resources so that they could achieve even greater national success on behalf of people with disabilities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The heart and soul they put into their work. It is not about money it's about influencing the lives of people and their families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Excellent and true professionals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change 10 Billion lives...

Ways to make it better...

They had financial resources.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, funding, funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

They "get it" when it comes to people with disabilities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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15 people found this review helpful

The Cody Unser First Step Foundation is a role model for other charities when it comes to facilitating quality of life program - Adaptive Scuba Diving for the disabled. They created a dive team, trained two course directors, their programs are for the disabled person and a dive buddy of choice (family member, friend, caregiver), and they provide dive trips. Other adaptive programs focus just on the disabled person and once they're trained they don't have the support system to continue scuba diving. I volunteer weekly for CUFSF and I love the people I work with - they are truly heros for communities they help nationwide!

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

the accolades that I receive every time I am involved in any of CUFSF events. From the people who participate in our adaptive scuba program, or those who have watched CODY: The First Step Documentary Film - it is consistent praise for the work we do!

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About every week

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2010-6-01

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14 people found this review helpful

We are a passionate group of volunteers working towards a cure for paralysis and in the mean time we provide adaptive scuba diving as a quality of life program with Cody's Dive Team, operation Deep Down. The Dive Team is composed of 100% volunteers, most of them veterans, who train dive professionals to become HSA certified, and provide disabled people with an opportunity to Discover Scuba and then pursue their Scuba Certification. Watch our scuba videos on YouTube if you want to be impressed by our dedicated volunteers!

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

the smiles on the faces of all the disabled participants that we have put in the water. To see disabled children, teens, young adults and our veterans out of their wheel chairs experiencing the freedom of neutral buoyancy that scuba provides - wow!

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

find a volunteer grant writer to help us with funding so we can provide adaptive scuba experiences to all of our disabled participants in the warm open waters of the Caribbean. They would love the opportunity to scuba dive while discovering marine life

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Changing lives one dive at a time...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most dedicated, kind, professional, and generous people I have ever known.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fund our mission of advocacy, awareness, and quality of life for many years. We could provide annual trips for disabled certified divers, train those who are not, and finish our medical study on the effects scuba has on paralysis.

Ways to make it better...

we had the funding to take our disabled participants to warm open water so they could discover the joy of interaction with marine life while collecting the data needed to finish our medical study on the effects of scuba on paralysis.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding - Convincing all Adaptive Scuba Programs to be inclusive of the disabled person's dive buddy during training and trips - Adaptive Scuba is more than training in the pool it is experiencing the open water, the ocean, the freedom...

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Cody Unser First Step Foundation will continue our progress no matter what challenges are faced. We've been doing this for 10yrs and look forward to the next 10yrs of service to your communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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