In 1995, Christopher Reeve broke his neck when he was thrown from his horse. Paralyzed from the neck down, he devoted his life to finding a cure for spinal cord injury.
"He wants to find a cure for everyone else even if he can't get cured himself."
Godby seniors Stephen Dawson and Matthew Graves were paralyzed last year in a vehicle crash. Monday, their thoughts were with Reeve.
"Kinda makes me feel that I have to keep going."
Paraplegic Thom Delilla says Reeve will be remembered for the much needed heightened awareness.
Thom says, "Much more emphasis on research, money going to universities. He was mission focused. He wanted to find a cure for spinal cord injuries."
Just two months ago, FAAST, a disabilities advocacy agency, received a grant from the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
Jane Johnson says, "I think he's built the foundation. He planted the seed for continued research. The work won't stop. He's ignited a lot of passion in a lot of people."