Christopher Productions and The Cody Unser First Step Foundation are proud to announce that the theatrical release of the documentary entitled, "CODY; The First Step" will have its New Mexico Premiere on Wednesday July 8, 2009.
CODY: The First Step is a powerful documentary that charts the extraordinary story of Cody Unser who 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. 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 viewers her determination to walk again. The film takes the viewers on an intimate journey with Cody detailing her daily emotional and physical struggles. The film also charts where science and politics intersect.
Cody Unser said, "I hope my story will shed some light on what it is really like to live with paralysis. I also hope that the film will lead to more research dollars so that paralysis—not just for me, but for all people, will become a treatable and reversible diagnosis. I'm excited to share the documentary with New Mexicans in my hometown!"
Chris Schueler, Executive Producer of CODY said, "Cody Unser is an inspiration to us all. Despite her paralysis, Cody has remained remarkably independent. I am honored that Cody was willing to let our film crew into her life and I am confident the documentary will forever change how the public thinks about paralysis and the "differently-abled."
Doors open at 5 pm and the screening will start around 5:45 pm on July 8, 2009 at the KiMo Theater, located at 423 Central Ave NW Albuquerque, NM 87102-3219. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling: 505-768-3522.
For more information about the Cody Unser First Step Foundation visit: www.cufsf.org or call 505-792-9551.