Cody: The First Steps

Cody: The First Steps

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Pictured: Cody

Cody is a beautiful 21 year old college student who lives life in a wheelchair.

Cody: The First Steps, airing Thursday, January 22 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV is a powerful documentary that charts the extraordinary story of Cody Unser, daughter of 2-Time Indy 500 Winner, Al Unser Jr. Cody Unser was tragically struck with Transverse Myelitis at the age of 12. The disease left her paralyzed from the chest down. However, she refused to let that diagnosis define her and instead at age 13 founded the Cody Unser First Step Foundation to ensure that money would be raised to find a cure. Cody is now a beautiful 22 year old college graduate and for the last five years Cody has lobbied state legislatures and Congress to push for stem-cell research which offers the key to her own recovery. During the film, Cody shares with the viewer’s her determination to walk again. The film takes the viewers on an intimate journey with Cody detailing her daily emotional and physical struggles. Glenn Close narrates.

This film is part of Dialogue on Disability, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies designed to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives and abilities of people with physical and intellectual disabilities. It is part of a year-long initiative called MOVE TO INCLUDE, a project funded by the Golisano Foundation to build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life.

Watch the trailer here: