Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down in an equestrian accident in 1995 and spent the rest of his life advocating for disabled rights and advocating for research into spinal cord injuries.
His efforts included advocating for spinal cord research and supporting improvements in insurance coverage and payments for the disabled.
According to Google, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation distributed “millions of individual grants,” and Reeve served on the boards of other organizations helping the disabled.
According to a biography on the website of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, it was Reeve’s wife, Dana, who gave the actor the will to persevere after the accident.
Reeve is quoted as saying, “When Dana whispered those life-saving words to me, ‘You’re still you. And I love you,’ it meant more to me than a personal declaration of faith and commitment. Was.” “In a sense it was an affirmation that marriage and family were at the center of everything, and if both were intact, so was your universe.”
Reeve once said that watching others struggle with their disabilities with him in rehabilitation was a push to use his fame.
“I felt like I needed to do something – not only for myself but for everyone in the same situation,” Reeve wrote. “Even if I wanted to (which I didn’t), I would never forget the other patients I met during rehab. I saw so much of their struggle and pain. I was home Couldn’t go on, devoted my life to myself and my family, and ignore the bigger picture.”
In his autobiography “Still Me”, Reeve wrote that people would often ask him what a hero is, and Reeve would say that it is someone who does something courageous without thinking about the consequences.
“Now my definition is completely different,” Reeve wrote. “I think a hero is an ordinary person who finds perseverance and the strength to endure despite overwhelming odds.”
Google wrote in its tribute, “Happy birthday, Christopher Reeve – who continues to be a hero to many on and off screen!”.
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