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Review for Cody Unser First Step Foundation, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I met Cody in high school and still to this day look up to her as a role model. She is goal oriented and truly cares about helping others that are paralyzed and affected with TM. I went with her on a couple of trips around the country a few years ago where she spoke to, quite intimidating audiences I must say, about the importance of her organization in giving people with paralysis a chance to grow and learn. She is very well known in the State of New Mexico having spoken to the Governor about her wishes for the Foundation. She has also talked with President Bush as an advocate and a voice for disabled individuals. Wow! Everyone she has spoken to was touched by her story and wanted to help in any way possible. Amazing! She is a truly inspirational woman and has a passion to provide everyone with the opportunities they may be without if it wasn't for her Foundation such as scuba diving!

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

that Cody has taught me how to become a better person and realize that people can do anything that they set their minds to. I am studying to become a Social Worker and this has been a valuable lesson that I will take with me into my future practice.

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

provide the organization more resources in order to reach out to as many people as possible and provide them with more opportunities. Her scuba trips are popular and that is just the beginning of what her foundation can do.

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

meeting and getting to know Cody. She became one of my best friends and helped me to see people in a different way - rather than looking at the wheelchair, to look at the individual.

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

AMAZING! They could not have been more nice. They were open to new ideas and help from multiple individuals - truly team players and goal oriented.

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

provide more amazing opportunities for those that are disabled such as more amazing trips! Also, providing the individuals with scholarships would help more people be able to go that would not be able to afford it regularly.

Ways to make it better...

there were more resources to provide more staff and volunteers to help Cody and her family with the Foundation.

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

not having enough resources.

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

Go Cody! Keep up the amazing work!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I accompanied Cody on a few speech trips.