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Matthew Reeve Carries on Legacy of His 'Superman' Actor Father

By    |   Monday, 13 Oct 2014 10:23 AM

Matthew Reeve, the eldest son of late actor Christopher Reeve, revealed a new breakthrough in treating spinal cord injuries with electrical stimulation on Thursday.

The "Superman" actor was paralyzed in a 1995 horseback riding accident, and he and wife Dana spent their later years helping the roughly 6 million Americans suffering from paralysis with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Matthew has since carried on their effort.

"It's hard not to think, 'What if he was here and what if he was present for this breakthrough?'" Matthew, 34, told People magazine upon the unveiling of a new video and website, ReeveBigIdea.org.

"As much as we miss him, there's a comfort in the fact that we wouldn't be where we are had it not been for his tireless advocacy."

The new project aims to raise $15 million to bring physical therapy based on an experimental spinal stimulator implant from its first four subjects to 36 more. The research, being conducted at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, has given all four men involved the ability to stand again. It has also helped them regain bowel and bladder control, sexual function, and respiratory function.

"With the stimulator, it feels like I'm normal again," Andrew Meas, 35, a husband and father who received the implant, says in the new video.

Reeve said the announcement and fundraising campaign have been timed to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of his father's death, October 10, 2004.

"It's no longer a question of if there will be effective treatments for spinal cord injury. It's a question of how quickly we can get them to the people that need it most" he said.

"My father dreamed of a world with empty wheelchairs and gave hope to a whole community. This is a key new step in that hope becoming realized."



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