Christopher Reeve: Collaboration Is Vital

Actor Christopher Reeve says collaboration vital to finding cures

Actor Christopher Reeve says collaboration is vital if cures are to be found for diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's. Reeve was the keynote speaker last night at an awards dinner for a health improvement collaborative in Cincinnati. He told the 450 people attending the fund-raiser that insurance companies should not be scared of patients and patients should not regard the companies as enemies. Reeve was paralyzed from the shoulders down after a fall from a horse in 1995. The actor said exercise and electrical stimulation has helped him recover feeling in 70 percent of his body. He says insurers need to be more receptive to innovative procedures. He says they need to realize that they will benefit as well when people are cured and no longer need treatment.