This ìnternational prize is the culmination of a charity event that annually awards persons who, in their lives or in their fields of activity, have distinguished themselves as a commendable role model in society. The award ceremony took place in the Pontifical Urbaniana University on Saturday evening, November 10th, 2012, and was presided over by its honorary chairman, His Eminence Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos, supported by the prize president, Rev. Professor Bruno Lima, who is also president of the Institute of International Juridical Economic and Social Studies, ISGESI.
The young Cody McCasland is double, above-knee amputee. He was born with a rare birth defect that caused his legs to form missing both his tibias and knees. He has been receiving care at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since he was just two months old. After numerous consultations, 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 had 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 Challenged Athletes Foundation Spokesperson.