the actor who played Superman in the 1978 and 1980 movies and for a time served as President of the Screen Actors Guild, would have turned 69 years old on September 25th. The world has lost one of its most beloved actors since his death at age 52 from complications related to a horseback riding accident.
We remember him not only for his work as an actor but also because he was such a strong advocate for spinal cord injury research and treatment. He helped found the Christopher Reeve Foundation which is committed to curing paralysis caused by traumatic spinal injuries like those that resulted in Christopher’s own disability.
Craig Colton, an actor and model from the United Kingdom who came to fame when he was a finalist on “Britain’s Got Talent,” told us that Christopher Reeve brought him hope. Craig has a spinal cord injury himself and said that while growing up, Christopher Reeve was his superhero because of how he continued to fight after being injured.
Christopher Reeve was an inspiration to Craig not only because of his courage, but also because he made the most of his opportunities. He didn’t let himself be defined by his injury and thought nothing of using it as a platform to bring attention to others who can face similar challenges. We should all strive to do that ourselves. How we respond to our challenges, both big and small, has the potential to impact others in positive ways.
Lisa Copen is the Executive Director of the Reeve Foundation . She told us that they will always be committed to research for cures but also towards helping people with paralysis improve their quality of life by focusing on what is most important to them. Craig’s story shows how we can all help someone else by simply being supportive of them and showing that they matter to us.
The Reeve Foundation is celebrating Christopher Reeve’s birthday through September 25th with a series of events called “Reeve-A-Thon 2012” that are open to the public. You can find more information on their The Foundation’s Transitional Grant program is now accepting applications from families affected by a spinal cord injury and they encourage people to visit their website or call them at 1-800-539-7309 for more information.
Craig Colton was a finalist on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2012. He will be performing at the Reeve Foundation’s Celebrity RIDE on Sunday, September 23rd, which is also Christopher Reeve’s birthday. The event is open to the public and will take place at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. For more information on how to attend, you can visit their website .
Craig Colton is a British actor and singer from Kings Lynn, England.
Lisa Copen is the Executive Director of the Reeve Foundation , a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and educating millions about how to build a lifetime of recovery. She was interviewed for Health Blog by John Gever.
John Gever is a freelance writer and editor of the blog, Medicine Nation . He also contributes to Health Blog , a blog from The Huffington Post, which covers health care policy in DC, California, Florida and Maine.