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Reeve Foundation to proceed with gala

Nathan Lane to host annual fundraiser for paralysis research
/ Source: The Associated Press

The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation’s annual gala will take place next month in New York as planned, with Nathan Lane as host, the foundation announced.

“It is with the blessing of Christopher’s wife, Dana Reeve, that we are moving forward with the gala, and do so in his honor,” Kathy Lewis, the foundation’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement Sunday.

The “Superman” star, left a quadriplegic after a May 1995 horse-riding accident, died on Oct. 10 after complications from an infection caused by a bedsore. He was 52.

“His memory will serve as inspiration for the work of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation ... and we will continue in his honor to be steadfast in our goal of finding treatments and cures for paralysis,” Lewis said.

The gala will be held Nov. 18 at the Marriott Marquis hotel. Actress Glenn Close will receive the Human Spirit Award for her generosity and dedication to the foundation’s mission. The money raised will support the foundation’s research and Quality of Life programs.