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    Monday, October 11, 2004

    Reeve: A life and death that was not in vain 

    It's a sad day. Superman is dead. But Christopher
    Reeve's
    nine-year struggle with the paralysis resulting from a horseback riding accident has not been in vain. Reeve invigorated Hollywood with activism, becoming a shining example of how the power of celebrity can be turned to good. Some scoff at the notion these do-gooders represent America's greatness. The skeptics are wrong, and Reeve, 52, was one of the reasons why.

    He wanted to walk again. He paid the price to do so in torturous physical therapy, but he needed help, the kind of help that stem cell research may one day provide. He became an advocate, and two days before his death from heart failure caused by complications from an infection, the presidential candidates reiterated their views during Debate No. 2. Democrat John Kerry favors funding broader research. ``Chris Reeve is a friend of mine,'' Kerry said. ``Chris Reeve exercises every single day to keep those muscles alive for the day when he believes he can walk again. And I want him to walk again.''

    That Christopher Reeve will not fulfill his and Kerry's wish fails to diminish the importance of the research that may one day help someone else. President Bush has supported limited research with embryonic stem cells, concerned ``in balancing the ethics and the science.'' Scientists say the number of lines of stem cells is inadequate. ``We've got to open up
    the possibility of this research, and when I am president, I'm going to do it,'' Kerry said.

    Today, there is another reason why broader stem cell research should be funded.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 9:03 AM



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