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Thursday, September 26, 2002
Christopher Reeve's Birthday

Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Barbara Walters were among the celebrities who helped Christopher Reeve celebrate his 50th birthday last night. Reeve says, "With all this love and support, turning 50 is a gas."

It was an extra special night for Michael and Catherine, who both share the very same birthday with Chris. Douglas says, "He called a few months ago and said he was planning a big bash for his 50th in support of his foundation and Catherine and I couldn't think of a better way to share a birthday."

Also celebrating her birthday was Barbara Walters. Walters says, "There may come a day, dear God, when he will be able to walk. But just the kind of improvement that he's had gives everyone a great deal of hope."

Comedian Robin Williams has known Chris for almost 30 years. He had this birthday wish for Reeve, the godfather of his son. Williams says, "To run out of here. That would be cool. But just to continue doing the amazing work he's been doing."

The remarkable progress Reeve has made in his recovery was the subject of "Christopher Reeve: Courageous Steps," a documentary which aired last week on ABC. Reeve's son, Matthew, shot the intimate and inspiring film. And Reeve's wife, Dana, Matthew’s stepmother, could not be more proud. She says, "He did a phenomenal job. We were moved. We were moved by our own story and we know the ending."

The end of the Christopher Reeve story, everyone prays, will be the day he walks again. "Sex and the City" star Kim Cattrall is confident that day will come. She says, "He's going to do it. He's going to move everything, and I mean everything."

Joking aside, the star-studded party did more than raise money. It raised spirits for all who have the will to walk again. Reeve says, "At 50, people think they're going down. I'm going the other way."

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