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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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Cody & Shelley Unser of The Cody Unser First Step Foundation spends every waking hour helping others around the world. The Cody Unser First Step Foundation is thinking of creative ideas to help bring life back to disabled veterans and others with disabilities through Operation Deep Down and other projects. She inspires others with disabilities to move beyond their disability and give them the hope and dreams they thought they have lost due to that disability.

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

Having had Transverse Myelitis for 40 years it takes a toll on your body and mind. Cody and Shelley Unser and the Cody Unser First Step Foundation are an inspiration to keep one with an autoimmune disease or spinal cord injury motivated to keep going!

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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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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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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