Life may not always turn out to be what we expected it to be. Tragedies may hit our perfectly normal life that might break our strength. However, gathering the courage to brave through these hardships shows the kind of person you really are. Christopher Reeve‘s youngest son, Will went through such a phase at a very young age. Though he was just a teenager at the time, he strived against the painful times of his life. Today, he is a successful 27-year-old young man who has experienced more than many of the people of his age.
Tragedy hit Will’s life for the first time when his father, the famous Superman actor, met with serious injuries after falling off from a horse. The accident had left Christopher Reeve with his first and second vertebrae shattered. However, despite Reeve’s physical disabilities and the emotional weight on the family, they were determined to give Will a happy and normal childhood.
In 2016, Will opened up to People about his younger days, saying he had a “totally normal childhood.” “They were the people who told me to turn off the TV,” he said, adding, “to eat my broccoli, to go to bed.” He said his paralyzed father did not run away from his role but stood by him as he grew up, even teaching him to ride a bike.
“The fact that he was paralyzed did present its own set of challenges because we couldn’t be spontaneous. That could be difficult, but my parents did such a good job of staying true to their values that I never felt deprived of a normal childhood, even though my experiences, at face value, were inherently different from other children my age.”
However, he said his life was contrary to children of most famous parents. “Not every child experiences going to the grocery store and seeing their dad on the magazine at the checkout aisle,” recalled Will.
Everything seemed normal even in chaos for Will as he grew up. But the death of his father in 2004 due to a heart attack, changed everything for the little boy. Will was just coming to terms with the death when he lost his beloved mother, Dana as well. She died of lung cancer two years after his father. Will was just 13 and he had become an orphan. Recently, he told CBS of a letter he wrote to himself during that time of intense pain.
“I’ve got good news and bad news. I’ll start with the bad, because you always need to know exactly what’s going on, no matter what. That won’t change, by the way. The bad news is: You’re at the lowest point of your life. You’re in a hospital room in New York City, and you’ve just said your final goodbye to Mom,” he wrote. He further wrote, “You’re 13. She’s 44. Lung cancer. Never smoked. Gone, just like Dad, who died a year-and-a-half ago, which at the time was the lowest you had been. Now you’re at a new bottom and you’re terrified and confused and just so sad. But! Here’s the good news: this is the low point. There’s nowhere to go but up, and that’s exactly where you’re headed.”
Though he no more had his parents around, his mother who was a visionary had arranged everything for his safe and happy upbringing. So, Will who eventually became an ESPN SportsCenter anchor grew up with his friends and half-siblings in Bedford, New York State. He was surrounded by the people whom he loved and went on to do what he loves. The young man also raises money and awareness for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.