Reeve's Legacy

Reeve brought larger-than-life clout to spinal cord research

Spinal cord researchers are remembering Christopher Reeve as someone who championed their cause and brought hope to thousands of patients. Reeve, who was paralyzed following a 1995 horse riding accident, died Sunday after developing an infection from a bedsore. Researchers from Maryland to California say the actor best known for playing Superman helped raise millions of dollars for work in rewiring the spinal cord. Reeve also offered himself as a guinea pig for new therapies. Scientists say not long ago talk of healing the spinal cord or allowing it to regenerate was considered "Star Wars science fiction." Now they say because of Reeve's help it is "just over the horizon."