Christopher Reeve was first introduced to movie audiences as Clark Kent in "Superman" in 1978. He followed his Superman fame by acting in many more movies, including the "Superman" sequels, and numerous theater productions. He was extremely busy as an activist, championing causes for the environment and the arts, among others.
In 1995, however, Reeve's life changed dramatically. As an active sportsman, Reeve loved riding horses and participating in jumping competitions. But at an equestrian competition in May of 1995, Reeve was thrown from his horse. The injury was severe. With two vertebrae in his neck broken, he was paralyzed from the neck down. Reeve's prognosis was grim: He wouldn't walk again or even breathe without the help of a ventilator.
Rather than give up, Reeve became determined to beat paralysis and his spinal cord injuries. The passion he’d shown previously for a variety of worthy causes coalesced into a focus on spinal cord injuries and nervous system disorders such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Reeve, along with his wife Dana, established the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to raise money for research and to support people living with paralysis. He continued to act and became a director with several movies to his credit.
Reeve died October 10, 2004, after suffering heart failure, but his strength will never be forgotten. Millions still see him as “Superman”—not only for his beloved movie role, but also for his personal strength and his efforts, against tremendous personal challenges, to make a difference in the fight against paralysis.
Strength. Pass It On!
This billboard about Strength features Christopher Reeve (1952-2004); actor, director, producer, author, advocate.