September 25th was officially Christopher Reeve Day in Salt Lake City as proclaimed by Mayor Ralph Becker, on what would have been Christopher’s 58th birthday. On the eve of Christopher Reeve Day, the Utah Chapter of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation honored Christopher’s legacy with a dinner and silent auction at Market Street Grill Cottonwood.
The Utah Chapter exists because Christopher’s stepsister Katie Johnson-Hill and stepbrother Tom Laabs Johnson live in Salt Lake City. (Katie is pictured at right with brother Tristam Johnson, who made the trip from Vermont to attend the event.)
Christopher’s mother Barbara Johnson (pictured below) traveled from her home in Princeton, New Jersey to help celebrate the event and updated the audience on the whereabouts of Christopher and Dana’s children, Will, Matthew and Alexandra. Reeve Foundation Sr. Vice President, Marketing and Communications Maggie Goldberg also reviewed the growth and success of the foundation’s research programs and quality of life grants.
Keynote speaker Meg Johnson, founder of Miss Wheelchair Utah, delivered an entertaining and powerful message about the personal strength she has gained from providing service to others. Meg is quadriplegic from a fall while hiking near St. George in 2004. She’s a dynamic speaker, whose personal motto is: When life gets too hard to stand, just keep on rollin’. If you want to find out more about Meg, check out her website www.megjohnsonspeaks.com.
Following Meg’s inspirational presentation, Food of the Gods Chocolatier Cary Black took the audience on a delectable tour of some of the world’s finest chocolate, including varieties from Italy, France, and Madagascar, as well as some of his own award winning creations.
Christopher and Dana Reeve’s courage and commitment have created a legacy of hope for the nearly 1.3 million people who live with paralysis in the United States. Because of their energy and passion, we are closer to a cure for spinal cord injuries than ever before.
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