Sunday, December 17, 2006

Christopher Reeve: Exceptional Person

Christopher Reeve grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with his mother and his stepfather. In 1977 Reeve was chosen from 200 hopefuls to star in Superman for which he won the British Academy Award as best actor.

During a cross-country event in May 1995, his horse balked at a rail jump, pitching Reeve forward where he landed head first. His injuries left the actor paralyzed, unable to use any of his limbs or even to breathe without the help of a respirator.

Currently, Reeve is dedicated to increasing public awareness about spinal cord injury and to raising money for research for a cure. He is also the chairman of the American Paralysis Association and vice chairman of the National Organization on Disability. Furthermore, Reeve founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation in 1996 to raise research money and provide grants to local agencies which focus on the quality of life of people with disabilities.

1 comment:

David Miller said...

I realize this is an old blog, but it bears repeating about this inspiring individual. To me, his inspirational work really truly made him "super"

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