Christopher Reeve Foundation

We here at Online Comic Heroes have supported the Christopher Reeve Foundation for a few years now.  The foundation came to our attention through watching the series Smallville.  Christopher Reeve, had a cameo in the series and during the credits Tom Whelling and Christopher Reeve made an appearance together asking for help and awareness for the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

For a small donation to the foundation my wife and I received a matching set of Dog Tags with a necklace and key chain attachments.  On one side was an engraving with the "Christopher Reeve Foundation".  On the reversed side was the "S" of Super Man.  Now any science fiction or super hero fan knows the Christopher Reeve played Clark Kent ( Superman ).  For an entire generation Christopher Reeve, was Superman.

It was a tragic accident that caused Christopher Reeve's paralysis.  Something like that could have caused a person to turn in on themselves and create a depression that they could not escape from.  Not for Christopher Reeve.  After he became paralyzed in 1995, Reeve became the face for spinal cord and paralysis research.

The mission Statement of the Christopher Reeve foundation is: The 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.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

In addition to his work on behalf of the Reeve Foundation, Reeve’s advocacy efforts included:

  • Lobbying on behalf of the National Institutes of Health to double the NIH budget in five years. In part because of his leadership, the NIH budget grew from 12 billion dollars in 1998 to nearly 27.2 billion dollars in fiscal 2003;
  • Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies in favor of federally funded stem cell research;
  • Providing instrumental and crucial support for the passage of the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Bill (7287C), landmark legislation that makes available up to $8.5 million annually in funds collected from violations of the state’s motor vehicle laws to be appropriated among the leading research facilities in New York. Reeve was also involved in lobbying efforts for similar bills in New Jersey, Kentucky, Virginia and California;
  • Working tirelessly to obtain increased funding from both the public and private sectors to cure Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, MS, ALS, stroke, as well as to repair the damaged spinal cord; and
  • Helping to establish the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at the UCI College of Medicine. The center supports the study of trauma to the spinal cord and diseases affecting it, with an emphasis on the development of therapies to promote the recovery and repair of neurological function.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation just launched a new campaign titled The Big Idea, which will support the next phase of epidural stimulation research.

The goal of this initiative is the largest in their history.  To raise $15 million to accelerate this critical study.

Matthew Reeve, is now part of the Board of Directors of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

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