English Regents Essay Christopher Reeve

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In honor to our school’s Diversity Day celebration, I would like to make our community aware that disabled individuals are capable of many accomplishments. Christopher Reeve, mostly remembered as an actor portraying Superman, is a very good example of this. However, that is not the only thing he has done. He was paralyzed neck down after a riding accident and developed a different view of what a hero is. He says that a hero is someone who persists “in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” In an interview about him, “Still me,” he never calls himself a hero but his efforts to recover and work to help others has made him a model of what a hero is. He tells us that even though he is trying his best to recover, he still feels sadness and frustration at times. He can no longer give his children hugs and admits that it would be easy to retreat into himself, but he is continuing for his family. Christopher Reeve still finds himself fortunate; he speaks to many organizations to support scientific research. He speaks to patients like him and raised over $750,000 for the Reeve Foundation. In addition, he also contributed to the American Paralysis Association. He has admitted it is hard to keep giving when he only wants to take. He has accomplished many things, maintaining a career as an actor and director, planning and organizing events to benefit causes for the disabled, and being a loving father and husband. His example is a reminder for all of us that disable people can also do heroic deeds.
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