Christopher Reeve Leaves Lasting Impact on Lincoln

Actor and Activist Christopher Reeve passed away over the weekend. He was 52. Reeve was remembered fondly as “Superman”, but also for advances in spinal cord research, after his equestrian accident in 1995 that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Reeve also had a foundation that raised money for people with all kinds of disabilities. Here in Lincoln, his generosity and spirit are still making an impact. Lincoln resident Michelle Ashley knows first hand the benefits of Christopher Reeve's efforts. She is the Executive Director of Domesti-Pups, which uses animals to help people with all kinds of disabilities. Recently, Domesti-Pups received a 5-thousand dollar grant from the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. Michelle says, “It helps with kennels, training facilities, supplies, things like that which will help to provide more service dogs to people with disabilities.”

Doctor Paul Krabbenhoft is a spinal cord injury specialist at Madonna Rehabilitation hospital in Lincoln, and is himself a victim of a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. He says having such a high-profile champion, such as Reeve, has resulted in a huge increase in funding for the spinal cord research. He told Channel 8 Eyewitness News, “His relentless, tireless effort to find a cure for spinal cord injury, I'm sure that will live on, and his name and the awareness he brought to the cause, I'm sure will live on for a very long time.”