Christopher Reeve’s 63rd Birthday, And Still A Super Man


When your hero dies in life, whether it’s someone in your family, a friend or a famous individual, it’s always difficult to bear. And perhaps that’s why we seek solace in our own thoughts; we try to find peace when all we see is grief. At times, the world bleeds colour and all that’s left is a dark, frustrating grey hue. It covers your eyes and blinds you temporarily. Death finds a way to eat into our souls, no matter how much we try to smile and move on.

Christopher Reeve would have turned 63 on September 25, 2015 – today – if he were still alive. Almost 11 years on since he died, his death still weighs heavily on my mind. I still remember where I was, what I was doing and, even, what I was wearing the day he died. Travelling to my youth theatre group as part of an early morning Sunday rehearsal, I was sat in the car with my dad. When I heard of his death on the radio, I stared at my black converse and jeans.

In that moment, my mind was elsewhere. Tears dropped from my cheek and splashed onto my jeans; I wasn’t even aware I was crying. In fact, my immediate thought remembered his final wishes, the one where he decided that he’d manage to walk again. Somehow he’d summoned up the courage and walked straight into death.

Though Christopher Reeve died that day, Superman didn’t. A superhero in the movies, he was also seen as a hero in life, particularly for his work in paralysis. Setting up the Christopher and Dana Reeve charity was just a part of those plans to bring those with paralysis a better life. One in which they would be able to walk again.

Today, that same charity is asking his fans for a donation of $63 in honour of Christopher’s 63rd birthday. And I’ve just donated $63 – or the British equivalent of £41.50.


The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is a fabulous charity, not only for the work that it continues to do on a daily basis for those with spinal-cord injuries or other types of paralysis, but for upholding the spirit of Superman for so many years and never giving up hope.

Having suffered a very serious back injury when I was 15, and again when I was 16, there were moments when I couldn’t feel my legs. I spent 40 minutes on a set of steel stairs and in the back of an ambulance believing I was paralysed from the hips down. At that age, it was the most terrifying thing in my life. When the feeling did come back into my legs, I remember feeling relieved and then entirely ashamed at myself. I knew people had suffered far worse and never lost hope for a second. In those 40 minutes, my hope was shattered completely.

Now I spend my life actually living. I am thankful every day that I can use my legs. Earlier this year, my friends and I ran the 5k Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK – another fantastic charity – and we raised near enough or over £200 for the cause.

Every day I’m thankful that I can run, jog, skip and swim. Every day I’m thankful that I can walk.

Happy 63rd Birthday, Christopher Reeve. And thank you for giving me hope.

Posted on September 25, 2015, in Film, News and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I don’t know what yo say. I am very fond of the writer who created this blog, and I’m fond of Christopher, who is a hero to us all.

    I wish I where half as worthy to be friends to them both.

    -a random Pirate.

  2. That was touching. I remember when mom died. Same reaction as you had. Still remember what I was wearing and was even sitting in a car.

    It’s a normal reaction to be worried when you hear people say you can be paralysed for the rest of your life. Even “Superman” was probably trough that.

    Well written! Good to see that people actually remember their heroes and keep those memories close.

    • Thank you for your lovely and kind comment, Kantenstain. Your mum must have died quite young – it must have been such a traumatic day. I can’t imagine losing a parent even now, let alone when I was a teenager or younger. Staying strong in those circumstances when you feel all hope is lost is the most difficult part, and I’m glad you managed to get through it. Know that she would be proud. 🙂

      How are you anyway? Still keeping track of MNN these days?

      • She died 4. December 2004. I was 14 at the time. It’s harder than you think, but the wounds do heal. Even those kind. Thank you 🙂

        I’m fine thank you very much 🙂 I hope the same goes for you? MNN is the only site I follow daily. You guys produce so much stuff it’s almost like every time I check the phone or computer, there is something new there. Good work to every one of you there!

      • Wow, that’s truly horrible to go through that at such a young age. 😦 Having the support of other family and friends can only have helped at such an age.
        Ah, good! Glad you still follow the blog – hard to believe it’s been a year since I moved from my news position into full-time reviews and editorial. I’m there in the background, but my posts are fleeting. I don’t think the blog will ever change, as long as there’s Nintendo news to report on, there will be MNN. And thank you, we do try our best! 🙂

  3. How is the new position? Exciting? I was working at a Norwegian gaming site once. It was ruff. It demands much – but it was quite fun 😀

    I like your posts 🙂 Well written. No wonder you are in the business 😀

    • BTW, you can call me Kristian^^ Kantenstain is a phony name 😛

      • Not a problem, Kristian. 🙂 Online names are fun, I just got bored of mine!

        Yes, it wasn’t much of a change to be honest. I was news and reviews editor at the time, now just reviews and editorial. But it is still good fun – though tiring and a little bit stressful depending on when games release. We are looking for an additional review writer though to start on indie releases and eventually help alleviate some of the major reviews from my end.

        Oh! Nice to hear you wrote for a Norwegian site. What happened / did you enjoy it? I keep meaning to branch out a little but MNN keeps me so busy, ha!

      • I know how it is. At some point I was the only one with a Wii U and a 3DS available at our site, and I got EVERY single Nintendo game x) Quite the honour – and a lot of stress as well. Especially next to school and work.

        Editorial work takes time. I do not know how your procedure is, but ours took a lot of time.

        I enjoyed making revies and features very much. But we got bought out by a guy who turned the site into casino propaganda. So all of us bailed. The site did not recover so it died. Started my own website instead. More a hobby than anything else at the moment.

        I wish I could join you guys. But my English… yeah.. I do not need to spell it out.

        I had to think for a moment with the “branch”-expression x) But please do “branch” more! Your features are so well written!

        I tend to write terrible, even in Norwegian, after midnight so I am sorry if I mess something up 😛

      • Ha, you know how stressful that is then. 😛 I’ve only been doing it for a year while working full-time but it’s certainly draining. I bought an Xbox One last November. I’ve played about a third of Ori and around two hours of the newest Tomb Raider. I just don’t have the time. I’ve even had Lego Dimensions sat near my TV for three months – I haven’t even put it in my Wii U yet! However, the perks outweigh the negatives, it just means I don’t have as much freedom with my spare time as I would like.
        Sounds like you got out of that site at the right time – glad to hear you are progressing with your own website though. It’s lovely to keep it as a hobby rather than make it work.

        Your English seems pretty good to me though! Honestly, I think most foreigners outside of Britain and America have a better grasp of the English language than most who were born here.
        Apologies for my expression there as well! I often forget that’s the case at times – it happens in my reviews, too. But yeah, if I had the time to write features for other sites, I certainly would. Thank you, it’s always nice to hear my writing pleases those who read it, and not just me! 🙂
        Ah, don’t apologise for messing up, it happens to the best of us all the time.

  4. I saw at least one error there xD Not edit button 😦 😦

  5. Thanks for being so understanding 🙂 Norwegians are not great in Norwegian neither 😛 People are just probably slacking off and the chat-culture probably has a part of the guilt as well 😛

    I just read your review of Pokkén. Awesome writing. Looking more forward to that game now… if I have time for it x) So much to do. Easter please come already!

    It must be hard for you to have all those games and not begin able to play them. Making games a chore is actually quite… depressing. Of course fun as well, but it takes the extra spark out of it somehow. Don’t overdo anything, and be careful. I hope you can take some time of and finish Ori this Easter?

    Don’t apology! Now I have learned something new 😀 We got some messed up expressions in Norway as well… not that “branched” is messed up, but yeah.

    • After a busy couple of days, I’m back. 🙂

      Thank you for reading and commenting on the review! I hear NoA really liked it too, so that’s got to count for something. Ha, yeah. I’m definitely looking forward to Easter and my four day weekend. Planning on seeing Batman V Superman (of course!)

      I can’t imagine I’d finish Ori at any point this year. XD I’d quite like to finish Rise of the Tomb Raider though as I was really getting into the story. I always book a holiday in September and I have a few weekends planned away at events and such, thank goodness.

      So what do you do as your day job then?

      • No no, do not thank me for commenting. I, and all of us, should thank you for your great work 😀

        Tried Pokkén today. So far a little mixed about this. Have to try it a little more first

        Poor you 😦 Hope you do not stress too much so you end up sick or something worse.

        Day job? Studying law and economics at the same time. Working on the side just for some extra(and necessary) cash. Norway is waaaaaay expensive x)

        You probably are looking forward to that film 🙂 So you got a Xbox One? Got many plattforms? I could ask you for your opinion on which console you like best, but you are probably in a position where you have not had enough spare time to try it all out and made your own opinion yet?

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