“Superman” actor Christopher Reeve has died of heart failure during treatment for an infection Sunday. Reeve has been confined to a wheelchair since his horseback riding accident in 1995 and has used his visibility to raise funds and promote research into the treatment of spinal cord injuries. Reeve has also been a strong proponent of stem cell research, which has shown great promise for potential treatments for paralysis.
One of his most important accomplishments is the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation which funds research that develops treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders. The Foundation also vigorously works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities through its grants program, paralysis resource center and advocacy efforts. Christopher’s family has requested that donations be made in his honor to the foundation.