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Connector of the day: Alexandra Reeve

October 9th, 2009
07:11 PM ET

This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of the death of one of the acting world's most popular characters.

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Christopher Reeve was known by millions of fans around the world for his portrayal of Superman, but his off-screen battles won him even more admirers.

In 1995, Reeve was left quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse.

Despite being wheelchair-bound and relying on breathing apparatus, he lobbied vigorously on behalf of people in the same predicament as well as for greater funding for research into stem cell treatments for those suffering from spinal cord injuries and degenerative conditions.

Before he passed away he and his wife started the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation which is dedicated to researching and curing injuries of this nature.

On Monday we talk to his daughter Alexandra about her father, his legacy and the continuing work of the foundation.

To ask her a question please fill in the form below and we'll try and use as many as possible on the show.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. IKEMESIT

    Father an optimist?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  2. Alimou Diallo

    As a proud daughter of such a great man, why do you think most normal people with the means, fail to impact their world positively to the extent as your father did?

    October 11, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  3. Jack Metty

    Do you believe in moral obligation?

    October 11, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  4. consumedspirit

    no question at all,
    just one,
    Are you a follower of Jesus Christ?

    October 12, 2009 at 12:42 am | Reply
  5. Johnny

    What do you think is the most important legacy that your father left?

    October 12, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  6. Samir

    do you think that Christpher Reeves would have had the impact he had, had he not had the accident?

    October 12, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  7. andy Mendonsa

    my son, Asher, became a quadriplegic in 2005 at age 17. he was in an abandoned building taking photographs when he stepped through a concealed hole and fell 40 feet. He is a C5, but only has the use of his left arm. He continues to take photographs and just recently had a solo exhibit of his work. Asher will never be able to live on his own without having a 24 hour attendant, which he had through Tenncare (Tennessee's medicaid) until he turned 21 in December 2008. At that time they cut his care back from 24/7 in home nursing care to 27 hours a week. Is there anything the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is doing in the areas of health care provisions by the government, and/or helping in the fight to insure the health care rights for quadriplegics is not only improved but that the coverage they have is not taken away or reduced in any fashion? If anything, benefits should increase with age and not decrease. The toll it takes is not only on the one injured, but also on his primary caregivers, which in Asher's case, is his parents. We were given excellent training when our son was in the Shepherd Spinal Injury hospital in Atlanta, and we are able to give our son all of the attention and care he needs right now, but for how long we do not know. Both physically and mentally it has already taken it's toll on us and our fear is for Asher when we are no longer able to care for him due to our own deaths, or disabilities. As you are well aware our story is in no way unique and all we have is praise for your parents for setting up this foundation and for you in continuing to carry on with this mission.

    blessings,
    andy mendonsa

    October 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  8. Alexandra (from Romania)

    How do you plan on raising more awarness on this terrible physical injury? Do you think that people will help the Foundation by donating, in spite of the recent recession?

    October 12, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  9. Tom Holston, Stuttgart, GM

    I echo the comments of Mr Mendonsa. We as a society have an obligation to succor those who have been vicitms of unfortunate accidents such as Asher experienced. Please contimue your good works in support of your Father's vision.

    October 12, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  10. Thabo

    Dont you think that you should let this go – God has a plan for everyone and to interfere with nature will have a backlash unknown to man

    Rather treasure the memories of a once great man and father – I did ...

    October 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Reply

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