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Christopher Reeve Honored as Heroes' Hero By CNN

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation accepts award on Reeve's behalf live on Thursday, December 6, 2007

SHORT HILLS, N.J., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (CDRF), the national, non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures and treatments for spinal cord injuries and improving the lives of people living with paralysis, is pleased to announce that Christopher Reeve will be honored as the first ever recipient of CNN's Heroes' Hero Award. This award was created to recognize an individual who devoted his or her life to helping others and whose name has become synonymous with their cause. Christopher Reeve's eldest children, Matthew and Alexandra, will accept the award along with Peter D. Kiernan, chairman of the Board of the Reeve Foundation at the first annual "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" on Thursday, December 6th.

Christopher Reeve sought out the American Paralysis Association following a horse-riding accident in 1995 that left him paralyzed from the neck down. As Christopher said, "I have always been a crusader for causes I believe in. This time, the cause found me." Christopher shared the organization's belief in a cure and lent his name, passion and drive to the organization which ultimately became known as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

"When Christopher Reeve moved his fingers five years after he was told they would never move again, he was really pointing the way for all of us to follow," said Peter D. Kiernan, the foundation's chairman. "On Christopher's behalf, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation accepts the wonderful Heroes' Hero honor from CNN with great thanks and an ironclad commitment to follow the path that Christopher identified."

Alexandra Reeve added, "My father's generosity in spirit was infinite. He conveyed that spirit to all of us, through his passion for his work and how he chose to live his life. He never expected to become the poster-child for spinal cord injury, but when the challenge was placed before him... he embraced it. He did so because he knew that he could make a tremendous difference. He and Dana represented the millions of people living with paralysis, and they led a civil rights movement, advocating for their rights -- the civil rights of the disabled. They changed the face of paralysis forever, and inspired us to believe that anything is possible."

"Momentum is on our side," remarked Matthew Reeve. He continued, "Through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, we continue their journey. We thank CNN tremendously for honoring our father's legacy."

"CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" is the culmination of CNN's year long initiative honoring ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Hosted by CNN's Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" will air live globally to a potential audience of two billion people on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 9 p.m. (ET). The live telecast will include performances from Grammy Award winners Mary J. Blige and Sheryl Crow and a duet by Grammy Award winner Norah Jones and acclaimed performer-producer Wyclef Jean.

About CDRF

The Christopher and Dana 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. For more information, please visit our website at or call 800-225-0292.

SOURCE Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
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