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Today (March 6, 2006) is the anniversary of Dana Reeve's death. She died of lung cancer 10 months after her husband Christopher's death.
I never met her, but all you have to do is start a conversation about Dana with anyone here who did and she comes alive. People's eyes light up and they get smiles on their faces. I get the feeling that she may be the quintessential woman behind the man and behind the foundation.
Our CEO, Peter Wilderotter wrote this morning:
The amazing Dana Reeve passed away on this day seven years ago. The number seven has spiritual and historical implications that suggest completion of a cycle. It will never feel that way in this case -- the world lost a great light and a bit of perfection that day.
A year later at the suggestion of her friend, Cristina Carlino, we added Dana's name to our Foundation, becoming the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Her contributions to our work were extraordinary--- the Quality of Life Program and the Resource Center were just two of her enduring visions.
Dana's grace and beauty laced with wisdom remain ever present in our work and whenever darkness falls, we look to her words and life to help us through. After she lost her beloved Christopher, she implored us to "go Forward" and we renew that challenge everyday to fulfill our founders dream for a cure for spinal cord injury.
Take a moment and think of Dana and her beautiful family today -- you will be sure to get some sunshine in your day.
CBS News' Richard Schlesinger sat down with a close friend of then family's and at the time Reeve Foundation Chairman Peter Kiernan to discuss the life and legacy of Dana Reeve shortly after her death.