Daughter of racing legend says decision to allow federal funding waves the green flag for the race for miracles.
The race is back on for Cody Unser (of the Unser racing Family) and she is more than thrilled with President Obama's decision to reverse the embryonic stem cell funding. Cody desperately tried to get President Bush to allow funding almost a decade ago, and was labeled “Rat Girl" by the Washington post after she was seen on Capitol Hill with her doctors from John’s Hopkins taking the science room to room. Cody continued the fight for years helping the late Christopher Reeve whenever she was called upon to lobby on Capitol Hill; as well as trying to help Governor Bill Richardson change outdated laws in her own state of New Mexico.
Paralyzed from the chest down since the age of twelve from Transverse Myelitis, Cody spent time talking and writing to whomever would listen; from news stations and morning shows, too knocking on doors of leaders like Senator Pete Domenici (who opposed but remained friends.) While this was lot for a young girl to take on, trying to be being the voice of so many, she embraced the challenge and looked for advice about how to use her voice effectively.
Cody is hopeful now that politics has been taken out of the picture.
“I never lost hope in the science and the dedicated scientists who persevered through the politics, but honestly, I was losing hope and faith in my government. But today tells a different story and every group that will benefit from the power of these cells can celebrate loudly.”
Cody who graduates from the University of Redlands this May with the her degree in Biopolitics will be busy with the release of her documentary film "CODY”, narrated by Glenn Close and produced by Multi-Emmy winning Christopher Productions to air on PBS. She hopes the film will inspire everyone to live life to the fullest. She also hopes the film will raise much needed awareness and funding for stem cell research and a better understanding of what it means living with paralysis while trying to stay healthy. Cody has often said in her speeches that one voice does have power and because of that we should never let hope disappear.
"Today validates what Christopher Reeve was saying all along, ‘GO FORWARD’, it is my opinion that President Obama just made that so. There are millions battling with different diseases and paralyzing conditions and this kind of hope is what we all have waited for. My hope to walk again has now been solidified and coupled with my renewed faith in my government. I wish Superman was here. Thank you, Mr. President!