March 7, 2006

Dana Reeve.

Ms. Reeve took on an increasingly prominent role after her husband's paralysis in a horse riding accident in 1996. Together, they created the Christopher Reeve Foundation, which drew on his fame as the actor in the "Superman" movies and the inspiration many drew from his struggle to raise and distribute over $55 million in research grants, much of it aimed at speeding the development of stem-cell treatments....

When Ms. Reeve announced her cancer, she said that "now, more than ever, I feel Chris with me as I face this challenge. I look to him as the ultimate example of defying the odds with strength, courage and hope in the face of life's adversities."


Mark Daniels said...

On two consecutive days, we have seen the untimely deaths of prominent people whose lives were marked by real tragedy: Kirby Puckett and Dana Reeve.

In many ways, Reeve's life and death are even more tragic than Puckett's. Reeve was the complete victim of tragedy, unlike Puckett, some of whose pain was apparently self-inflicted.

Both Reeve and her late husband showed the world much about how to deal with life's tragedy, though.

The family, especially her thirteen year old son, will be in my prayers.


goesh said...

Accidents are fertile ground for Rehab technology to advance and both did very well in promoting awareness and the need to constantly improve and refine current rehabilitative medicine. Their spirit endures and lives on.

jeff said...

What was interesting was seeing a clip of her singing at the January retirement ceremony for Mark Messier... the cancer must have gone crazy between then and now for her to have been able to do that then, and then die so quickly.

vbspurs said...

The family, especially her thirteen year old son, will be in my prayers.

Well said, and seconded.

For some reason, I am very protective of Christopher Reeve and his family.

Maybe it's because of his Superman films, which were amongst the very first I recall seeing ever.

And that little son of his, Will, 13 I think I read, has had more pain and suffering than any modern child should have.

Very sad. RIP.

Puckett too, and let's hope his death sparks African-Americans into a greater awareness of the risks of stroke, like Betty Ford's mastectomy did for breast cancer in women.


price said...

This makes me so angry. I want to track down this supposed Higher Being and punch him right in His dumb face.

mtrobertsattorney said...

Dana Reeve will not be rememberd for her career or even for the foundation she started. She will be remembered for the character of her soul and how she showed us deep meaning of love.

We humans are a stange lot; we get side-tracked so easily but when we do see a clear example of truth, we always know it.

Wade Garrett said...

I feel really terrible for all of the Reeves's children. I've never lost a parent, thank God, but losing two in public like that must be very difficult. Their children, especially Alex, who I knew in college, are in my thoughts. They had so much dignity!