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    Hero's Hero--Chosen

    CNN Honors Reeve Foundation with First CNN Heroes’ Hero Award
    Network Offers Cross-Platform Programming for Special Night of ‘CNN Heroes’ Tributes on Thursday, Dec. 6

    CNN honors the legacy of Christopher and Dana Reeve and their foundation dedicated to paralysis sufferers with the inaugural CNN Heroes’ Hero Award. This award – to be presented at the first annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” on Thursday, Dec. 6 – was created to recognize individuals who devoted their lives to helping others and whose names have become synonymous with their causes.
    The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. The couple formed the foundation after Christopher Reeve’s tragic horse-riding accident in 1995 that left him paralyzed from the neck down.
    “When Christopher Reeve moved his fingers five years after he was told they would never move again, he was really pointing the way for all of us to follow,” said Peter D. Kiernan, the foundation’s chairman. “The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation accepts the wonderful Heroes’ Hero honor from CNN with great thanks and an ironclad commitment to follow the path that Chris and Dana identified.”
    Reeve died in 2004, and Dana Reeve died two years later following complications from lung cancer.
    “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” is the culmination of a five-month audience nomination process through which ordinary people will be recognized for accomplishing extraordinary deeds. Hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” will air live globally on CNN/U.S., CNN International and CNN en Español on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 9 p.m. (ET).
    From May 1 through September, CNN Worldwide has featured everyday heroes across its television networks, digital services and at www.CNN.com/Heroes, encouraging viewers to submit and nominate local heroes they deem deserving of recognition as a CNN Hero. For the Dec. 6 gala, honorees will be named in the following categories: “Defending the Planet,” “Fighting for Justice,” “Community Crusader,” “Medical Marvel,” “Championing Children” and “Young Wonder.”
    In its first year of the CNN Heroes initiative, CNN received more than 7,000 nominations from viewers in 80 countries, nominating people from more than 90 countries.
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    Leading up to the global telecast, Headline News will present a special edition of Showbiz Tonight, live from the museum, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. (ET). Hosted by anchors A.J. Hammer and Brooke Anderson, Showbiz Tonight will feature profiles of CNN heroes, compelling stories of celebrities who have taken up the cause of real-life heroes around the work and live interviews with stars arriving for the tribute, including a special appearance by Masi Oka of the hit NBC show Heroes.
    Online, correspondent Alina Cho will provide live coverage for CNN.com as well as provide interviews and videos.
    Following the telecast, Cooper will remain on the air to anchor Anderson Cooper 360° live from the museum until midnight. (ET)
    Honorees will be announced at the Dec. 6 gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, which will include performances from Grammy Award winners Mary J. Blige and Sheryl Crow and a duet by Grammy Award winner Norah Jones and acclaimed performer-producer Wyclef Jean. Presenters will include Tyra Banks, Glenn Close, Harry Connick, Jr., Rosario Dawson, LL Cool J, Kyra Sedgwick and Jimmy Smits.
    Joel Gallen, who has helmed ambitious telethon events supporting victims of both the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, serves as executive producer for the event. Gallen won a Peabody Award for “America: A Tribute to Heroes” and has been nominated for several Emmys throughout his career. Kelly Flynn is senior executive producer for the CNN Heroes initiative.
    CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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    CONTACT:
    Janine Iamunno New York 212/275-7960 janine.iamunno@turner.com
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    Updated Press Release

    It is wonderful that so many years after his death as well as Dana's, that they are still selected. This will be on CNN first ever internationally televised show. Great awareness for sci / paralysis research.

    Maggie Goldberg
    December 4, 2007 (800) 225-0292 ext. 7115
    media@ChristopherReeve.org


    Christopher Reeve Honored as Heroes’ Hero by CNN
    The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation accepts award on Reeve’s behalf live on Thursday, December 6, 2007

    (SHORT HILLS, N.J.) – December 4, 2007 - The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (CDRF), the national, non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures and treatments for spinal cord injuries and improving the lives of people living with paralysis, is pleased to announce that Christopher Reeve will be honored as the first ever recipient of CNN’s Heroes’ Hero Award. This award was created to recognize an individual who devoted his or her life to helping others and whose name has become synonymous with their cause. Christopher Reeve’s eldest children, Matthew and Alexandra, will accept the award along with Peter D. Kiernan, chairman of the Board of the Reeve Foundation at the first annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” on Thursday, December 6th.

    Christopher Reeve sought out the American Paralysis Association following a horse-riding accident in 1995 that left him paralyzed from the neck down. As Christopher said, "I have always been a crusader for causes I believe in. This time, the cause found me." Christopher shared the organization’s belief in a cure and lent his name, passion and drive to the organization which ultimately became known as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

    “When Christopher Reeve moved his fingers five years after he was told they would never move again, he was really pointing the way for all of us to follow,” said Peter D. Kiernan, the foundation’s chairman. “On Christopher’s behalf, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation accepts the wonderful Heroes’ Hero honor from CNN with great thanks and an ironclad commitment to follow the path that Christopher identified.”

    Alexandra Reeve added, “My father’s generosity in spirit was infinite. He conveyed that spirit to all of us, through his passion for his work and how he chose to live his life. He never expected to become the poster-child for spinal cord injury, but when the challenge was placed before him...he embraced it. He did so because he knew that he could make a tremendous difference. He and Dana represented the millions of people living with paralysis, and they led a civil rights movement, advocating for their rights – the civil rights of the disabled. They changed the face of paralysis forever, and inspired us to believe that anything is possible.”

    “Momentum is on our side,” remarked Matthew Reeve. He continued, “Through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, we continue their journey. We thank CNN tremendously for honoring our father’s legacy.”

    “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” is the culmination of CNN’s year long initiative honoring ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” will air live globally to a potential audience of two billion people on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 9 p.m. (ET). The live telecast will include performances from Grammy Award winners Mary J. Blige and Sheryl Crow and a duet by Grammy Award winner Norah Jones and acclaimed performer-producer Wyclef Jean.

    About CDRF
    The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.
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