Cody Unser in Orlando Film Festival


Cody Unser ’09 continues to make progress on her quest to share her life story — helping to raise awareness and find a cure for Transverse Myelitis.

Her documentary, CODY: The First Step, shares Cody’s determination to walk again, after being hit with the rare disease Transverse Myelitis. The disease left her paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 12.

The film, which takes viewers on an intimate journey with Cody, was one of several chosen from over 500 international submissions for the upcoming Orlando Film Festival on Nov. 4-8.

"I am just so excited that my film was entered into the Orlando Film Festival. The more the documentary gets out there for people to see, the greater the influence and awareness it creates,” said Unser.

The documentary is up for several awards from the festival, the results of which will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 6.

This month Cody returned to her alma mater for a special screening of her documentary for students and alums during the university’s Homecoming Weekend.

If you missed the showing, you can watch CODY: The First Step on KVCR channel 24. The documentary is airing on PBS stations across the country and will air in the Inland Empire on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 6 a.m., Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 31 at 2 a.m. It will include a special interview with Cody Unser filmed on the Redlands campus.

Click here┬áto learn more about Cody’s journey.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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