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Christopher Reeve's widow announces she has lung cancer

August 9th, 2005, 09:56 AM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dana Reeve, who spent nine years caring for her paralyzed husband, Christopher Reeve, until his death last year, announced Tuesday that she has lung cancer.

Reeve, 44, said she decided to disclose her illness following rumors about her health in the media.

"I have recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, and am currently undergoing treatment," Reeve said in a statement. "I have an excellent team of physicians, and we are optimistic about my prognosis."

"Now, more than ever, I feel Chris with me as I face this challenge," she said. "As always, I look to him as the ultimate example of defying the odds with strength, courage and hope in the face of life's adversities."

Reeve, who starred in the "Superman" films, was paralyzed in a horse-riding accident in 1995. He died October 10, 2004.

Dana Reeve, an actress, was a constant companion and supporter of her husband during his long ordeal and his work for a cure for spinal cord injuries.

She is chairwoman of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, which funds research on paralysis.

To date, it has awarded $55 million in research grants and $7.5 million in quality of life grants.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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August 9th, 2005, 10:10 AM
My :fingerscr for her, she is such a wonderful person. I'm sorry something bad has to happen to that family again. They say god only gives us what we can handle, sometimes I wonder?

August 9th, 2005, 11:20 AM
I just heard this on the news. Cancer sucks.

August 9th, 2005, 12:15 PM
Curses!! Not lung cancer AGAIN!! I hate all cancer but this one is so awful - the stats are terrible. I soooo hope she wins this and fights it. I am sorry to hear about this - she seems to be a good person.

August 9th, 2005, 12:43 PM
Did she smoke? She doesn't look like she smokes...

I hope she at least has access to all the good drs like Christopher did. That might give her a chance. Poor kids!!

August 9th, 2005, 02:11 PM
After everything she went through i cant believe she has lung cancer,i do not think she smoked either......