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Past News Reports - 2005

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2005

    In memory of Christopher Reeve
  • January 6, 2005: Dr. Lloyd Guth was recently awarded the 2004 Reeve-Irvine Research Medal for his work with spinal cord injury research. He made it his work and mission for more than 40 years to show that the spinal cord can grow after injury. He said, "My work was always in a more basic framework, not one in which we're testing drugs to discover a drug that will cure paralysis," Guth said, "but what are problems involved... like why do the spinal cord fibers not grow profusely after injury." Guth's work made him the 12th Reeve-Irvine recipient since the award originated in 1996. "It was the greatest honor that I have ever received, or could ever think of receiving," he said. The award, established in 1996 for research in spinal cord injury, originally was called the Christopher Reeve Research Medal, and was changed in 2003 to the Reeve-Irvine Research Medal. The award recognizes those who make scientific contributions in the area of spinal cord repair, and whose research has stood the test of time and scrutiny, according to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. You can read more about Dr. Guth's work at the Daily Press website.

  • January 10, 2005: Christopher Reeve has been nominated for a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television for 2004 The Brooke Ellison Story. Reeve completed work on this movie shortly before his death in October 2004. It premiered on A&E later that same month. The winners will be announced at the 57th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29. You can view the full list of nominees at the DGA website.

  • January 10, 2005: The latest quarterly magazine published by the Christopher Reeve Paraylsis Foundation, Walking Tommorow is available to download and read online. It contains the latest news from the CRPF and many tributes to Christopher Reeve from its members following his death. You will need Adobe Acrobat to open the file.

  • January 21, 2005: Christopher Reeve's son Matthew Reeve alongside New York animator Patrick Smith has produced a music video for UK hip-hop group The Planets for their song "Moving Along". The music video has already garnered numerous awards worldwide. Recently, it won the Jury Prize at the China Cartoon Festival, as well as awards from IMVF (Independent Music Video Festival) and ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film D'Animation). It was named "Best Animated Music Video" by the Urban Media-makers Film Festival in Atlanta. "Moving Along" has been featured on MTV, MTV-2, Channel U (UK), and VIVA-TV (Germany) and will screen this March in the prestigious South By Southwest Film Festival, Austin, Texas. The music video is a release of Dyna-mic Records of which Matthew Reeve is a co-founder. In a recent press release Matthew Reeve states, "This video is an attempt to describe the lyrics and poetry in visual terms. Animation lends itself perfectly to this task. The artwork and images that Patrick has created are a perfect complement to the complex nature of the lyrics." You can view the video online.

  • January 31, 2005: Dana Reeve will be on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Scheduled to air on February 16, 2005, Dana will discuss her life and her new role as Chairperson of CRPF. You can also watch Dana on Larry King Live and Good Morning America. Times when know will be published on the CRPF website.

  • February 2, 2005: Acting as the chairwoman for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, Dana Reeve attended President George W. Bush's State of the Union Addresss in Washington with representative and fellow stem cell research campaigner James Langevin to hear Bush's new proposals. Langevin says, "It is my hope that having Dana present at the State of the Union will help refocus the nation's attention and the president's attention on stem cell research and the need for more funding." You can read the CRPF's full statement on this story at their website.

  • February 21, 2005: The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation will be holding their 18th Annual Gala on Saturday May 7, 2005. The "Keep The Dream Alive" gala will be held at the St. Regis Resort, with proceedings starting at 5.30pm. For more information call 949-673-8474.

  • February 25, 2005: The Brooke Ellison Story directed by Christopher Reeve will be screened as part of the Sixth Annual Westchester County Film Festival. The three-day event, which begins March 10 at City Center 15 Cinema de Lux in White Plains, will spotlight more than three dozen independent films. In a special tribute to Reeve, The Brooke Ellison Story will be shown at a special screening March 11. Reeve's daughter, Alexandra, a drama student at Yale University, will attend, and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. Screenings in the Westchester County Film Festival will take place at the White Plains City Center 15 Cinema 15 de Lux, Mamaroneck Avenue between Main Street and Martine Avenue. A daily pass will cost $8; $5 for students. For information, call the Westchester County Film Office at 914-995-2917, or visit their website by clicking here.

  • March 23, 2005: Randall Fraser Publishing have announced the publication of an audio CD Children's book Dewy Doo-It Helps Owlie Fly Again The book is loosly based on Christopher Reeve's own battle with paralysis. The book reunites Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin, who were both Tony-nominated for their performances in the original production of Sunday in the Park with George and both have worked with Reeve in the past on stage or on screen. The audio book also features narration by Dana Reeve, the late actor's widow. Dewey books, according to the Dewey Doo-it website, "teach kids the value and importance of helping others. He nurtures in each child the qualities of selflessness, kindness and compassion." The hardcover Dewey Doo-it Helps Owlie Fly Again has a retail price of $18.95. Proceeds will benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. To order the book visit the Dewy Doo-It website.

  • April 12, 2005: Over 150 wheelchair activists from the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, The Spinal Cord Injury Project and the online CareCure Community joined together with members of Congress to voice their support for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act and funding to establish a clinical trial network for spinal cord injuries today on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol. Organized by volunteer grassroots activists from the online CareCure Community of over 9,000 members, the 10 a.m. rally is a "first" for the largely invisible disabled population. "This is an amazing opportunity to further Christopher Reeve's legacy," explained a jubilant Betheny Winkler, one of the organizers. "It's inspiring to see all of these people travel so far under difficult circumstances to achieve one common goal." "There is no question that we all still feel Christopher's loss so keenly right now. But seeing everyone here today, I know this is the right moment to transform our grief into hope and work together to pass the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act, in his honor," said Dana Reeve, chairman of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. Following the event the participants met with their legislators to urge support for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act. This legislation encourages collaborative research which would ideally bring better treatments and cures to people faster. The legislation advances cooperation in research, rehabilitation and quality of life programs for people living with paralysis. "We have the technology today, the science is there, and now it just needs a push from Congress," proclaimed Dr. Wise Young, a pre-eminent neuroscientist in the field of spinal cord injury from the W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University. "We owe it to humanity to do everything in our power to find a cure for spinal cord injuries." The group was joined onstage by Republican James Langevin, the only spinal cord injured member of Congress, Senator Tom Harkin and Lindsey Graham. For more information about this event visitCure Paralysis Now.org where you can also listen to a musical tribute to Reeve by Professir X.

  • April 18, 2005: American fans were recently treated to an Oprah special celebrating the life of Christopher Reeve. Now Australian fans finally get to see that special this coming Friday. The "Christopher Reeve" Oprah one hour special will air on Channel 10 in Australia on Friday April 22nd at 2pm. Christopher Reeve's wife Dana appears in her first interview since his death. She talks about their final moments and the emotional goodbye. Also watch a private video she has never shared.

  • April 18, 2005: Christopher Reeve is one of one hundred nominees in a poll to find the Top 100 Greatest Americans. After tallying more than half a million online nominations, Discovery Channel and interactive partner America Online today unveiled the list of the top 100 nominees. Beginning Sunday, June 5 at 8 PM (ET/PT), and airing every Sunday in June, Greatest American will premiere on the Discovery Channel. At the end of the premiere episode, Lauer will announce the top 25 Greatest American nominees based on nominations held earlier this year. Viewers can then cast votes online, via toll-free numbers or via text messaging. The Discovery Channel has partnered with America Online on this interactive project to highlight Americans of importance and the incredible contributions they made to society. To view the website and cast your vote click here.

  • April 25, 2005: Dana Reeve has reportedly signed a seven-figure book deal to write about living with her husband, who became an icon for the rights and causes of the disabled after a 1995 riding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. According to MSNBC's 'The Scoop'the book will tell the story of the changing landscape of their marriage and how their love deepened during their troubling times. Dana has worked with Chris's agent (Jennifer Rudolph Walsh at William Morris) and his editor (Ann Godoff at Penguin) and thought very highly of them both, so just made the deal with them. She has previously published a collection of letters sent to her husband at the time of his horse riding accident titled Care Packages: Letters From Strangers and Other Friends. The new book is tentatively set for a fall 2006 release.

  • May 2, 2005: The first print interviews with Dana Reeve since the death of Christopher appeared in two widely-circulated American publications. Dana was featured on the cover of Parade Magazine on May 1 and in USA Today on May 2. In the Parade Magazine article, Dana discussed the devastating loss of both her husband and mother within a matter of months. She shared her and Chris's philosophy for getting through difficult times: "When you least feel like it, do something for someone else" and spoke of the need to carry on her husband's work as the new chairman of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Organization. Dana also discussed how much she missed Chris in the USA Today article and wished she could share with him the achievements of their children. She doesn't want to let Chris down and is motivated to prove that he "didn't live in vain and work in vain." Both articles promoted the new $10 Superman dog tags with proceeds benefiting the CRPF. Dana loves the look of the tags, which she calls "very urban chic. If I see other people wearing this, it'll be like a piece of Chris."

  • July 15, 2005: Fox News spoke with Warner Bros. chief Alan Horn, and asked him about "Superman Returns". Of newcomer Brandon Routh, Alan Horn said, "looks just like Superman. But we knew we had to overcome the fact that Chris Reeve was so beloved and that everyone thinks of him in the role." The solution? "We're going to dedicate the new movie to him. I haven't told [director] Bryan Singer yet, but we'll put it at the beginning or the end, 'In memory of Christopher Reeve.'"

  • July 26, 2005: According to Global Surf News the 3rd Annual Surf Theatre Film Festival will screen Jesse’s Story This is a true-life documentary of Quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer. Over the past 4 years, director/cinematographer Mark Jacobs has documented some of the most amazing feats of Jesse's life. The film gives audiences an opportunity to experience life in Jesse's shoes, where his love surfing comes from and most importantly... defining his need to "live life to the fullest". Audiences will witness Jesse attempting fulfill his two biggest dreams, being barreled at Cloudbreak on Tavarua Island, Fiji and his diving with Great White sharks at Guadeloupe Island, Mexico. The film includes scenes with Christopher Reeve, Rob Machado, Kelly Slater, Le Roy Grannis and others. The screening takes place thursday, July 28th 7 PM and will raise money for the Life Rolls On Foundation.

  • August 7, 2005: Philosophy, a hair and skin care manufacturer, is selling a body wash/shampoo product called Believe in Miracles in memory of Christopher Reeve. All proceeds from the sale of this product go to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.

  • August 9, 2005: It is confirmed in a statement released that Christopher Reeve's widow Dana has lung cancer. In a statement released through the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation she said: "Based on the imminent release of a tabloid article regarding my personal health, my family and I have decided to release our own statement. I have recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and am currently undergoing treatment. I have an excellent team of physicians and we are optimistic about my prognosis. My family and I deeply appreciate the care and concern of our friends and supporters and trust that everyone understands our need and desire for privacy during this time. I hope before too long to be sharing news of my good health and recovery. Now, more than ever, I feel Chris with me as I face this challenge. As always, I look to him as the ultimate example of defying the odds with strength, courage, and hope in the face of life's adversities." A spokeswoman for the Christopher Reeve Foundation, of which Dana Reeve is chairwoman, said on Tuesday that Dana was not a smoker, but did not elaborate. The Christopher Reeve Foundation said its prayers were with her. "We are certain that Dana will tackle this challenge with the grace, courage and determination that have become her hallmark," Foundation President Kathy Lewis said in a statement. The same day the Lung Cancer Alliance wrote to Reeve offering encouragement and support to her and her family during this difficult time. Access Hollywood also set up a board for viewers to leave messages to her that will get to her.

  • August 10, 2005: The 72-year-old newly widowed father of Dana Reeve, Dr. Charles Morosini, a retired cardiologist apparently talked to Don Gentile of The National Enquirer after his daughter confirmed their online exclusive report from Monday that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer telling him that he hopes she will now be a lung cancer advocate. Morosini said that as a testament to her late husband Christopher Reeve, his daughter had taken up the battle for [the controversial human embryonic] stem cell research and says: "I'm hoping that now she'll be the poster girl for lung cancer when she survives this ordeal." Morosini also said of his daughter: "She's tough and she'll get through this with her usual grace and resilience... She's a brave lady." The article also says Reeve was diagnosed with lung cancer in late June when she was still reeling from the death of her husband last October and then on February 10th, her 71-year-old Mom, Helen, died from complications of ovarian cancer surgery.

  • August 10, 2005: The father of Dana Reeve, Charles Morosini, revealed in an article posted on ContactMusic.com that his daughter has completed her first batch of lung cancer treatment and is convinced she will beat the disease. Morosini said: "We are a very close family and are trying to get on with life as normal but the last nine months have not been terribly kind... Dana is still in very high spirits. She has just finished her first batch of treatment. She looks well and is determined to fight this thing." Dr. Scott Swanson, chief of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, said that depending on the extent of the cancer, Reeve would be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination. Survival rates, Swanson said, are 75 percent for stage 1, where the cancer has barely spread; 50 percent for stage 2, where it is still limited to the lung; 25 percent for stage 3, where the cancer has gotten into the chest; and less than 5 percent for stage 4, where the cancer has spread elsewhere in the body.

  • November 18, 2005: The first guest speaker at the Christopher Reeve Lecture Series at Princeton University today was movie director Bryan Singer who is currently directing a new Superman movie titled Superman Returns, due for release in summer 2006. Also in attendance was Christopher Reeve's mother Barbara Johnson and director Singer's parents. Singer revealed his memories of seeing Superman: The Movie at, "A twilight matinee" right down the road from Princeton in West Windsor back in '78. Being informed by his parents as a youngling that Chris Reeve was a Princeton boy, he was amazed that "Superman wasn't from Krypton or Kansas." Singer praised Christopher Reeve's portrayal of Clark Kent Bryan stating that Clark being a bit "annoying" was due to, "Chris Reeve's genius in playing the role. He played him as the kind of guy that you don't really want around, that is just kind of there functioning, but you don't really look at. If anyone looked too hard they might see the man in tights." After a Q&A session with director Bryan Singer, "Barbara Johnson talked briefly to Bryan about how she had mixed feelings when she first heard there was going to be a new Superman movie, but seeing the footage and talking to Bryan completely won her over and she wished him the absolute best of luck." You can read more on the event (Be warned there are slight spoilers regarding the new Superman movie within the article). You can watch the teaser trailer for Superman Returns at the official site.

  • November 18, 2005: Dana Reeve made her first public appearance at the Christopher Reeve Foundation Awards since being diagnosed with lung cancer. In an interview with Good Morning America Dana revealed she has undergone five months of chemotherapy stating, "I'm responding really well, which is great," she said. "The tumor is shrinking, Thank God, and I'm feeling remarkably well. It's been quite a journey, and another journey. I've had enough journeys!" Speaking about the diagnosis of lung cancer she said the hardest thing was to have to tell her son Will. "He was very young when Chris had his accident, and in a way it was almost easier because, well, partly it wasn't me, so I was able to say everything else is fine, we're going to be fine, and you know, Daddy'll be, well, it will be different, but fine," Reeve said. "I've always been his rock, and just following so quickly on the heels of his father's death and my mother's death ... It just has been a very rough year on our family." Looking to the future Dana said, "I am absolutely going to beat this. And I plan to sing again. I have enough lung capacity, so ... that's my next project." You can watch the interview online.

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