Three months after announcing she has lung cancer, Dana Reeve was “feeling great” and hoped to raise $2 million for her late husband’s foundation at Thursday night’s fund-raising dinner.
The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation gala was to be her first public appearance since her diagnosis, said Maggie Goldberg, spokeswoman for the foundation.
“She always had every intention of being there,” Goldberg said. “She’s feeling great and has a good prognosis. ... She’s still chairwoman of the board, still very active in the foundation.”
Reeve was to be surrounded by famous friends and supporters, among them Paul Newman, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close. The Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award was to be awarded to Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Dana Reeve, 44, won worldwide admiration for the support of her husband, the star of the “Superman” movies, during his nine years as a quadriplegic. Christopher Reeve, who died last year, also made several guest appearances on the WB series “Smallville.”
In August, Dana Reeve announced the lung cancer diagnosis and said, “I hope before too long to be sharing news of my good health and recovery.”