Team Cody was formed in 2004 with the sentiment of raising funds for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) as a way to say “Thank You” for all they had done for Cody McCasland. Since then it has transformed into so much more. Team Cody has raised funds for both TSRHC and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) directly in excess of $200,000, and unforeseen indirect dollars. It has also served as a tool for Cody and his family to spread his story and message of courage, attitude. and living life to the fullest all around the world.
In 2009, Cody was asked to be a Spokesperson for CAF. As a Spokesperson for CAF, Cody attends athletic events, fundraisers and clinics to assist in furthering the mission ofCAF by supporting physically challenged persons in their quest to reach their athletic goals. Cody also serves as a mentor to new challenged athletes. Being a spokesperson and multi-year grant recipient from CAF, Cody has been able to train, travel and compete in various athletic events around the USA to help him reach his goal of competing in the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He acts as an inspiration for others, such as our military professionals that have come back from Afghanistan and Iraq with amputations. Cody has been allowed the opportunity to meet with several of these service members, spending time with them and showing off his “unlimbited” abilities. He feels very privileged to share their time and looks forward to continue with these meetings. Cody has also had the opportunity to speak at several corporate events and in schools, discussing overcoming obstacles and having a positive attitude.
Cody McCasland is 10 years old and a double above knee amputee. He was born with a rare birth defect called Sacral Agenesis that caused his legs to form missing both his tibias and knees. He has been receiving care at TSRHC since he was just two months old. After numerous consultations with Dr. Tony Herring, Cody’s orthopedic surgeon and the chief of staff at TSRHC, it was decided that it was in Cody’s best interest to amputate his legs through the knee to give him a chance at mobility. This surgery was completed when Cody was just 15 months old, and he received his first set of prostheses when he was 17 months old. At the age of 10, Cody has undergone more than 20 surgeries, has gone through more than 20 sets of prosthetic legs, and traveled to 14 States for sports or as a CAF Spokesperson.
Cody has been very expressive about his dreams of going to the Paralympics for swimming in 2016. He would also like to compete in the areas of running and triathlons. With the support of family, friends, prosthetics from TSRHC, Challenged Athletes Foundation and other sponsors, Cody hopes make these dreams a reality!