Past News Reports - 2009
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- March 9, 2009: President Barack Obama paid tribute to the late actor Christopher Reeve as he lifted the ban on central funding for stem cell research. He warned that the ban on stem cell research imposed by his predecessor, which proved one of the most contentious decisions of his presidency, had endangered the US reputation for pioneering science. "We will lift the ban on federal funding for promising embryonic stem cell research," Mr Obama said to vigorous applause at a White House gathering of leading geneticists, campaigners and Congressmen from his own Democratic Party and the Republican Party. "We will also vigorously support scientists who pursue this research. And we will aim for America to lead the world in the discoveries it one day may yield." Mr Obama dwelt at length on the advocacy of the late Mr Reeve, and his late wife Dana, for raising awareness of the value of stem cell research. The Superman actor was paralysed after falling from a horse in 1995, and died from heart failure in 2004. "Christopher once told a reporter who was interviewing him: 'If you came back here in ten years, I expect that I'd walk to the door to greet you'," said Mr Obama, recalling the actor's fighting spirit. "Christopher did not get that chance. But if we pursue this research, maybe one day - maybe not in our lifetime, or even in our children's lifetime - but maybe one day, others like him might."
- March 30, 2009: Students at Truman Middle School weren't yet born when Christopher Reeve portrayed "Superman" in four popular movies. But Reeve's powerful life story was very inspiring to four students who conducted research on the life of the actor, who was paralyzed in an accident in 1995 and died at the age of 52 in 2004. Alfredo Gomez, Kevin Ortiz, Tyler Pope, and Daniel Velazquez created a History Day project entitled "True Man of Steel." "We wanted to show people that he wasn't just 'Superman' - he also created foundations and research on spinal cord injuries," said Ortiz. The Truman students certainly succeeded in their quest to bring attention to Reeve's accomplishments; they took first place in the San Bernardino County History Day competition in the Junior Group Documentary category.
- March 31, 2009: President Barack Obama has signed into US law a bill named for Superman actor Christopher Reeve that provides for paralysis research and rehabilitation. Obama signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act on Monday as part of a bundle of bills designed to expand wilderness protection. Politicians brought together almost 170 separate measures together for Obama to sign at the White House. The Reeve measure provides care for paralysed persons and others with disabilities. The late Christopher Reeve became as an advocate for embryonic stem cell research after he was paralysed in a 1995 horseback riding accident. He died in 2004 of heart failure. His son, Matthew Reeve, attended the bill signing.
- May 11, 2009: Matthew Reeve plans to run the New York City Marathon to raise funds for his father's foundation, which helps people with spinal cord injuries. New York Road Runners said Monday that Reeve will make his marathon debut Nov. 1. He'll be part of Team Reeve, one of 75 official ING New York City Marathon charities. The money raised will go to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. He'll wear bib No. 1275, indicating the 1.275 million people with spinal cord injuries.
- June 4, 2009: Director and star of the upcoming action Aussie flick THE NINJA, Rob Baard, has finalized a deal in which 10% of his personal producer's profits from the film's theatrical revenue will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and also support and raise awareness of some of Australia's leading charities. Rob has chosen The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation as a beneficiary of its profits in an initiative to keep the alive the hope of the foundation finding a cure for paralysis. As a young boy Rob, like many had been inspired by not only the character, but all the values that Christopher Reeve's portrayal as Superman had stood for. THE NINJA will be dedicated to the memory of Christopher Reeve.
- July 15, 2009: For movie lovers who wish to know the cinematic secrets of this timeless classic, Grand Hotel offers the "Somewhere In Time" Weekend on Mackinac Island, MI. Your vacation starts with a special screening of the film, followed by informative and lively discussions regarding its making. To add to this unique vacation package, you're invited to make a cameo appearance at the cocktail receptions and the Grand Luncheon Buffet, as well as a full breakfast and dinner daily. The weekend starts on Friday, October 16 and ends on Sunday, October 18. For package details and prices visit www.grandhotel.com or call 1-800-33GRAND.
- September 17, 2009: The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation are asking fans to remember Christopher Reeve on September 25th, what would have been his 57th birthday, by helping them carry on the remarkable work that he began. Make a tax-deductible donation to further the work of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
- September 25, 2009: On what would have been Christopher Reeve's 57th birthday, Life Rolls On Foundation (LRO) and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation have announced a merger. Effective immediately, Life Rolls On Foundation, based in Los Angeles, will serve as the West Coast headquarters and division of the Reeve Foundation.
- October 22, 2009: The November 2nd edition of In Touch Weekly has an article on Christopher's legacy five years after his death.
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