1. I was reading the book reviews over the weekend.

    Christopher Reeve has written a book, titled,

    "NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE." The reviewer said it is very inspiring

    and uplifting and educational.

    This is a way that we can "donate" to Christopher.

    By buying his book, we enable him to retain his financial

    independence, his self-reliance, and dignity.

    It is so easy. I ordered three copies tonight on Amazon. I plan to give two as Christmas gifts.... So easy, don't even have to go to the mall, and, simultaneously give someone a gift they can enjoy and use in their everyday life.

    I loved Christopher as Superman. And if you want a really romantic mood, put "Somewhere in Time" in the VCR.

    I hope you all will consider this worthy cause.
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  3. by   duckie
    Somewhere in Time is my all time favorite movie, you can count me in. He really is a super man!!!!!!! And his wife is even better than Wonder Woman!!!!
  4. by   shannonRN
    why do we tend to donate to celebrities before we donate to noncelebrities? he has recieved a lot of treatment that most people wouldn't be able to imagine/afford. what about those people who have no money, no family...wouldn't it be just as wonderful to donate to the association for spinal cord research, so more people could benefit? don't mean to be was just a thought.
  5. by   prn nurse
    I think we can do both.

    For me, it is the same as when, on a local level, there is a big barbeque and dance held to raise funds for someone who has suffered a personal catastrophe. You know the kind, where some kid needs a $100,000 operation, or dad needs a heart transplant, or 2-3 members of a family are killed in a tragedy.

    Everyone kicks in and tries to offer some support.

    I remember a dozen years ago....Tina Turner divorced her no-account, batterer, addict, loser husband. The media jumped on how he was saying she'd never make it without him....that he was the brains & the talent in that relationship.
    Well, within a few months' , she came out with a smash album, I think it was Private Dancer.
    I was living in Pennsylvania at the time.
    I remember thinking , "You go girlfriend," "show that bum you got it , show the whole world! And I will do what I can to help you!" Millions of other women thought the same thing.
    I don't know a female in PA that didn't buy that tape. It was our way of supporting Tina.
    I bought 2 and still have one cassette that I never unwrapped. I like to play it sometimes. It gives me a good feeling , it is inspiring, she was singing her heart out.
    When ..someones' down, and we can help, celebrity or not, ie gives us a good feeling,and for me, I like to think I was a small part of their getting back on their feet.
    I guess those are positive strokes we give ourselves.

    God helps those who help themselves.

    A few years later, Willie Nelson was $24 million dollars in debt to the IRS because of dishonest and inadequate accounting practices by an accounting company he contracted with to manage his money.
    He came out with a tape and even named it ....the IRS tape.
    I was living in Texas then. Trust me, everybody & his brother bought 2-3 of Willies' tapes. Obviously, nationwide, farmers, housewives, honky-tonk fans, bought Willies' tape.

    Within three years, Willie paid off the IRS and went on tour and thanked everyone "who bought my tape & helped me in my hour of need."
    I haven't bot a 'Willie Nelson tape since....but if he asked , I probably would. I have supported Tina thru the years.

    So, this is akin to those situations. I will receive more from buying these books than they cost me in $$$. It is inspirational and educational. And who do I know ....who might pick up the book and read it????....someone who's down and needs some encouragement....might just read parts of it and be lifted out of their personal gloom.....and be inspired & motivated to"try just one more time?"
    We never know how far our charity reaches.

    But, for sure, "God loves a cheerful giver".
    If the situation is there, and I can assist , in my small way, "I will step up to the plate."

    It is my way of saying , "thank you and you're not forgotten."
  6. by   delirium
    Sure. Let's all rush out and donate to a celebrity, ignoring the millions of others who need our help, arguably in both a more desperate and a less comfortable situation than Christopher Reeve.

    Sounds like a good plan.
  7. by   BadBird
    I watched a tv special with Christopher Reeve, I am glad that he has hope but I felt such pity for him, I think the Dr's are giving him false hope. I know he has made some progress but the reality of him ever walking again is just about impossible. I think that if he was your son, husband, neighbor he would not get the intense therapy or recogition; not that he doesn't deserve it but so do all the others who will never get the intense physical therapy that he will. I prefer to donate to local charities and individuals, of course that is my preference and right.
  8. by   prn nurse
    WOW !! Y'all sound COLD!

    Delirium, do you really believe there are millions in a more desperate situation than Christopher?

    I believe he has a C-2 or C-3 fracture.

    He knows he will never walk, etc. again.

    He is using his tragic situation to give hope to other
    neurologic deficit patients.

    To give to one, does not diminish the others, IMHO.

    Life , thank God, is not a case of either/or..............

    We can do it both ways....give to a local charity and give to an esteemed celebrity.

    People who make a habit of giving several , (5-6 times) throughout the year, have less stringent guidelines for
    giving, I think.
  9. by   kittyw
    Sure ... let's buy lots of books to help the writer and most of the $$ will go to the publisher (bf's mom is a writer - they don't get much of the $). Not exactly where I want my money to go - irregardless of who wrote the book.

    Not going to touch the rest of it.
  10. by   Whisper
    Uhmmm... what about the thousands he gets from appearing in commercials???

    The book is a good read through....
  11. by   prn nurse
    Let's redefine this thread .

    What if it isn't about money?

    I can't believe some of these responses.
    If someone suggested you buy something...a support someone, you'd really burn up all these neurons....weighing pro's and cons.....?

    does he deserve it?
    does he deserve it more than a million others?
    how "needy" is he?

    Can we "bump up" to the next level...........?

    Do you have a "next level?"

    What is the message you send with your charitable donations...
    that this person is "the MOST needy?"
    that this person is more needy than a million others?
    that this person DESERVES it?

    Is that the basis of your giving... charity or otherwise?
  12. by   Stargazer
    prn, I think the point is, most people on this board are not exactly Bill Gates. Yes, we are all compassionate people, and yes, I personally would like to give to at least 2 dozen worthy causes I can think of just off the top of my head. But do you send a $5 donation to everyone on your list--or do you suck it up, pick the 2 or 3 that are the most meaningful to you or where you personally see the greatest need, and send them larger donations that may actually be of some use?

    We all have limited resources, and we have to prioritize. When Christopher Reeve was on the news so much a week or two ago--he was surrounded 24/7 not only by his family, but by a veritable army of skilled professional caregivers--PTs, RNs. He, and his physicians, admitted quite frankly that he was getting the very best care that money could buy.

    So, if I've got limited resources with which to be charitable, am I going to send them to THE ONE GUY who appears not to need my money at all, or am I going to send it to other individuals or organizations who would benefit much, much more?

    I think most folks who aren't rich have to prioritize their charitable contributions in this, or a similar way--and I guess I'm not understanding why you have a problem with that.
    Last edit by Stargazer on Oct 15, '02
  13. by   prn nurse
    Forget the money.

    Would there be ANY OTHER REASON

    a person would be inclined to buy this book?
  14. by   Stargazer
    The title of your thread is: "CHRISTOPHER REEVE-SUPERMAN..We can help!!!"
    This is a way that we can "donate" to Christopher.

    By buying his book, we enable him to retain his financial

    independence, his self-reliance, and dignity.
    I think people were responding to THIS. Yes, I am sure many people will want to read this book and will find it moving or uplifting. But you're presenting it less as a wonderful book that you're recommending everyone read for that reason, and more as a way to give monetary support to someone who probably isn't as needy as other individuals or organizations.

    Now, if after you read it, you come back and tell us it changed your life and you were weeping uncontrollably throughout most of it, I'd be more inclined to buy it for that reason.

    Not in hardcover, though. Can't afford it.