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Christopher ReevesPosted by danlanders
September 25, 1952 - October 10, 2004
Submited & authored by Captain James Hunter
On October 10th, 2004, the planet Earth mourned......for on this day, we truly lost a Superman. I'm not speaking about a character that was played on the silver screen. I'm talking about the character of the man himself.
By now, the story of Christopher Reeve is quite well-known. He was the rugged actor who shot to stardom as the Man of Steel in 1978's Superman: The Movie. His portrayal of the duel character Clark Kent/Superman won him rave reviews, as he allowed us all to willingly suspend our disbelief. For a moment, we all could believe a man could fly.
But it isn't his success as an actor that truly set Chris Reeve apart from the rest. It was the inner strength of the man himself......a strength that began to shine on that fateful day of May 27th, 1995.
Christopher Reeve suffered fractures of his C-1 and C-2 vetebrae, the result of a riding accident. These fractures are sometimes known as the 'classic hang-man's fracture'. It is a miracle he didn't die then and there. Somehow, he managed to beat the odds, thanks to the dedicated people of the University of Virginia Medical Center, and maybe an honest to genuine miracle itself.
It was from this accident that Chris Reeve found his true calling in life. He became the most famous and outspoken advocate for spinal research that the world has ever seen. His strength, his courage, and his dedication has been a boon to this vital field. His undying belief that one day he would walk again gave millions hope.
Sadly, that day would never come for him. He passed away from a heart attack on October 10th, 2004.
He leaves behind a legacy of hope and courage. While he may have played a character that was larger than life in his invincibility, it was through his own mortality that he truly became a symbol for all mankind.
He's hoping you can finally walk again......and even more.
Rest In Peace Chris.
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