David Bowie playing his song Heroes
at the Bridge School Charity Concert / 1996
Life Magazine is currently running a Front-Page story on the
first Superman Movie starring Christopher Reeve.
But I wonder, however if they aren’t missing
the REAL Supermen story.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a charitable organization headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, dedicated to finding treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders.
The organization’s mission statement states, “The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.” Since 1982, it has distributed over $138 million to spinal cord researchers, and $28 million to nonprofits that aim to support better quality-of-life for people with disabilities.
The foundation was started in 1982 by Henry Stifel, whose son had been injured in a motor vehicle accident. Its original name was the Stifel Paralysis Research Foundation, and it was later renamed the American Paralysis Association (APA). In 1995, the actor Christopher Reeve became quadriplegic as a result of a horse riding accident. Reeve sought out the help of the APA and raised funds for it. In 1996, the foundation was renamed the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and then the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
After Reeve’s death in October 2004, his widow, Dana Reeve, assumed the chairmanship of the Foundation. Dana Reeve herself died 17 months later, in March 2006, of lung cancer.
On March 11, 2007, the Foundation announced that it had changed its name to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation on the first anniversary of Dana Reeve’s death. As of 2020, all three of Christopher and Dana Reeve’s children serve on the foundation’s board of directors.
Michael J. Fox
“Our single, urgent goal: Eliminate Parkinson’s disease in our lifetime.”
Over $1 billion funded in research programs to date.
- 2000: Honoured by the Family Television Awards for Acting.
- 2000: Inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, which acknowledges the achievements
and accomplishments of successful Canadians.
- December 16, 2002: Received the 2209th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the motion picture industry, presented to him by the Chamber of Commerce.
- 2005: Received the Golden Plate Award of the
American Academy of Achievement.
- 2011: Honoured with the Golden Camera Award
for Lifetime Achievement – International.
- 2010: Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada –
The Officer O.C. recognises national service or achievement.
- 2010: Received the National Association of Broadcasters
Distinguished Service Award.
- 2010: He received an honorary doctorate from the Karolinska Institute
- 2013: Honoured with the Golden Apple Award
by the Casting Society of America.
- 2021: Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, from Simon Fraser University.
- 2022: Received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
from 95th Academy Awards
Honoring 2 Real Supermen
who turned personal TRAGEDY
into major enterprises for