Christopher Reeve Foundation employees in Springfield saddened by his death

Employees at the Christopher Reeve Foundation in Springfield were shocked and saddened by his death Sunday.

Reeve, best known for playing Superman, succumbed to complications from a staph infection. Before his death, Reeve set up his non-profit foundation in New Jersey. The foundation helps people with spinal cord injuries find doctors and improve their quality of life.

Those who run the foundation say Reeve opened his heart to the world so people could see what it is like to live with a disabling injury. After his accident, Reeve stayed at the Kessler Institute in West Orange for rehabilitation.

The doctor who treated Reeve after his accident says he was a fierce advocate for stem cell research and patients rights. Reeves physical therapist says he was a man who did not let his disability get in the way of his abilities.

Related link:Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation

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