So sad to lose both parents so early in life.
He looks JUST like his daddy.
He looks JUST like his daddy.
Christopher Reeve's lookalike son Will, 17, pays tribute to his tragic parents
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:08 AM on 18th November 2010
But despite suffering their loss at such a young age, Christopher and Dana Reeve's son Will has grown into a determined young man, keen to keep his parents memory alive.
Dressed in a smart suit and looking like a younger version of his actor father, the confident 17-year-old stepped back into the limelight last night.
His father's son: Will Reeve at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's Gala in New York posing with Miss USA Rima Fakih and singer Shontelle
Will was attending a charity gala in memory of his parents, along with his older half-sister, Alexandra, 25, and half-brother, Matthew, 29.
His parents Dana and Christopher set up a foundation which funded research into spinal-cord paralysis cures, a cause now supported by their son.
'To me, Mom and Dad were the people who forced me to eat broccoli and to turn the TV off to do my homework,' Reeve told an audience earlier this week.
i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/11/18/article-1330746-01A793BF0000044D-385_468x567.jpg Famous father: Christopher Reeve in a scene from one of the iconic "Superman" movies
'I never consciously viewed them as inspirations then, but their heroic efforts shaped who I am today and who I hope to become tomorrow.'
And according to People magazine, he added: 'Some of my fondest memories of our family take place in our driveway, where I'm running around playing one sport or another.
'Dad's watching me with a smile on his face the size of Texas, and Mom has her hands around Dad's shoulders, letting go only to play fetch with our tennis ball-addict white Lab.
i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/11/18/article-1330746-0C1EE4B7000005DC-273_468x443.jpg Superman's Legacy: Matthew Reeve, Alexandra Reeve Givens and Will Reeve at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's Gala in New York
'If I told you that story, and you knew nothing about me or my parents, I think it's safe to say that you would have no clue that I was describing a family dealing with paralysis.
'That is the most important thing that a family struggling with a member's disability can do: try to make life as normal as possible.'
i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/11/18/article-1330746-00029A88000001F4-543_233x322.jpg Daddy's boy: Will with his actor father Christopher Reeve
Will's father, the star of Hollywood's Superman movies, became an activist for spinal cord research after a horse-riding accident paralysed him in 1995.
Will was just a toddler at the time of his father's accident and grew up helping his mother care for him.
He was 11 when his father died in October 2004.
A few months later, Will lost his maternal grandmother, Helen Morisini, who died of complications following cancer surgery at the age of 71.
Less than two years later Will's mother, who won worldwide admiration for her devotion to her husband through his decade of near-total paralysis, died of lung cancer at the age of 44.
The singer-actress, who cut short her career to care for her husband, was a non-smoker.
After his mother's death Will was raised by neighbours who were close friends of his parents and had children of a similar age.
The decision was made by his mother, who felt it would be less disruptive for him to stay in a familiar environment and attend the same school.
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