Christopher Reeve used the fame he garnered through his acting career to make a lasting impact on the world around him. In 1999 he founded the Reeve Foundation with the mission of making strides in spinal cord research and to speed up medical research and to aid those with disabilities.
Reeve funded some of the earliest, groundbreaking discoveries propelling and inspiring researchers and scientist to further explore the complex inner workings of the Central Nervous System. He not only funded research, but also sought to improve the lives of others by providing grants to the families who were not fortunate enough to have the financial means to tend to their conditions.
In 2002, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center opened its doors, with a mission to help the paralyzed live freer lives. Reeve maintained that providing a source of information, as well as support, to paralysis victims was important in coping with disabilities. Reeve worked tirelessly, understanding his fame and privilege gave him a platform to humanize the condition and make a significant impact in the lives of those suffering. Christopher Reeve’s life and legacy exemplifies true heroism.