Cody Unser to speak at Indianapolis luncheon

Cody Unser to Speak At Salvation Army Luncheon In Indianapolis May 16 INDIANAPOLIS, April 19 - Anyone in the Indianapolis area on Tuesday, May 16 can have lunch downtown, hear an inspirational speaker and contribute to a good cause all at once...

Cody Unser to Speak At Salvation Army Luncheon In Indianapolis May 16

INDIANAPOLIS, April 19 - Anyone in the Indianapolis area on Tuesday, May 16 can have lunch downtown, hear an inspirational speaker and contribute to a good cause all at once by buying a ticket to the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary's luncheon featuring Cody Unser at the Hyatt Regency.

Unser, the 19-year-old daughter of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. and granddaughter of four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Sr., hasn't let being paralyzed since the age of 12 stop her from living an active life. Despite suffering from transverse myelitis, a rare spinal cord inflammation, she hasn't stopped achieving her goals, whether it's scuba diving, attending college, or helping not-for-profit groups like the Salvation Army or her own Cody Unser First Step Foundation (CUFSF).

"People have the ability to accept situations when they come their way," she said. "I want to inspire people and help change the world."

Popular TV broadcaster Bob Jenkins will be the master of ceremonies for the luncheon, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 1 South Capitol Ave. Unser's talk will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $60 per person, $34 of which is tax deductible. Individual tickets or tables of 10 may be ordered by contacting (317) 578-0922 or (317) 823-9538. They may also be ordered by contacting Major Vicki Amick at the Salvation Army's Indianapolis headquarters at (317) 937-7008, or by reaching Stephanie Stewart at (317) 224-1042.

Unser, who YM Magazine named as one of its "21 Coolest Girls in America," received President Gerald and Betty Ford's "People Helping People Award" for her charitable work earlier this month. She has appeared on programs such as the CBS Early Show and ABC's Good Morning America, and has met dignitaries such as President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush and England's Prince Andrew as part of her work to raise research funds to fight paralysis and transverse myelitis.

For more information on her foundation, see codysfirststep.org.

Proceeds from the luncheon will be donated to the Salvation Army's Women's Auxiliary.

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