In October 1999, the Cody Unser First Step Foundation (CUFSF) (NEW MEXICO) was established as a not-for-profit organization aimed at raising awareness for Transverse Myelitis after Cody became paralyzed by this rare disorder. CUFSF is focused on awareness, advocacy and quality of life. Growing up in the Unser Racing Family, Cody is accustomed to extreme sports and “standing on the gas” to improve quality of life through her Adaptive SCUBA program. CUFSF Volunteer Dive Team, “Operation Deep Down”, employs a Family-focused approach that includes participants training to dive with a loved one; valuing inclusion and emphasizing that no one is left behind. Taking steps to leverage the benefits of SCUBA, CUFSF documentary film, “SEA OF CHANGE”, illustrates how new modalities in rehabilitation are still being discovered and may have a profound impact on how the medical community treats paralysis and PTSD conditions.
CLICK HERE to view how TSF and CUFSF partner to help Ty Weirl discover Cody’s SCUBA program (video)
CLICK HERE to view Washington Post article about CUFSF SCUBA Study
Awards & Recognitions
Recent recipient of the American Red Cross Adult Humanitarian Award for her efforts to advocate for the benefits of SCUBA Diving for people with mental and physical challenges.
2013-University of Texas School of nursing- Cody was made a Partners life time member…City of Houston proclaims Cody Unser Day. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
How the Money Will Be Used
In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $5,000 was used to support the Great Scuba Adventures and children attending specialty summer camp programs.