Christopher Reeve's life was cut short due to tragedy, but his legacy is living on with his son Will.
Will was just 12 years old when his famous father passed away in 2004, but their bond still remains strong. Tragedy struck once again when his mother, Dana, passed just 17 months after that. Will was raised by local family friends in Bedford, New York, but he held his family close to his heart.
"Everything I do, I try to honor my parents' legacy," Reeve says. "I want to keep their names alive."
Christopher Reeve became a disabled-rights activist after he was paralyzed in 1995, when Will was just 3 years old. Over the next 10 years, he and his wife Dana would raise millions of dollars, mostly invested in steam-cell research.
Now, Will Reeve is doing his part to keep the family legacy alive.
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Will trained for and ran the New York City Marathon in 2016. One of his goals was to finish the marathon in his parents' honor. His other goal was to personally raise $35,000 for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, of which he is a board member. Reeve playfully admits that he has been talking about doing this marathon for years, but always says he'll do it "next year."
"Finally I realized, 'What kind of example am I setting when many of the people in the spinal-injury world for whom I advocate would do anything just to be able to step up to the starting line?' " he says.
Reeve ran the marathon with a team of about 50 members. Afterwards, Reeve and his teammates went downtown to watch football, needing a way to relax and unwind.
Reeve says he drew inspiration from his parents through the race.
"Everything they did was the embodiment of courage, bravery and strength," he says. "Every day was a new fight, a new battle that my parents tackled together. My folks instilled great values in me. One of the things they taught me from an early age is that when you're doing something, you'd better go all the way."