07/03/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT
Readers reacted to Christopher Reeve's near-fatal riding accident (PEOPLE, June 12) with sympathy, prayers and letters of encouragement. Many agreed with the reader who wrote, "Facing a challenge that would make even Superman flinch, Christopher Reeve is a hero in his own right."
My heart goes out to Christopher Reeve. On Aug. 11,1980, I was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in a broken neck. Like Mr. Reeve, I broke the first and second cervical vertebrae. With the support and prayers of my family and friends, and after nearly six months of therapy, I did what my doctors initially thought was impossible—I walked out of the hospital. You have a long road ahead, Mr. Reeve. Please don't give up hope. Miracles happen.
RICHARD SHANK, Danville, Ill.
In the summer of 1987,I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Christopher Reeve in Williams-town, Mass. Even though I was just a young novice, he made time to be friendly. That's the kind of person he is. My prayers are with Chris and his family.
VIRGINIA ATKINSON, Pittsburgh
My heart goes out to the Reeve family. As a registered nurse, I believe a brace should be designed to fit under a horse rider's helmet and extend down the spine to protect the spinal column. We can't allow this compassionate man's devastating injury to become just another riding mishap.
SHARON R. SCULLY, Clifton Forge, Va.
Thank you for your article. The tragedy that has befallen our family is extremely difficult for us, and we greatly appreciate the sensitivity of your presentation. Please pray with us that medical research will find a cure for our three beautiful children—and help many other children afflicted with terrifying, unexplained genetic disorders.
CINDY PARSEGHIAN, Tucson
We attended medical school at Northwestern with Mike Parseghian and are sure our classmates would appreciate knowing where donations could be made to further research. Our thoughts and hopes are with the Parseghians.
ERNEST and SUSAN NITKA, M.D.S Syracuse
Donations may be sent to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, 1760 East River Road, Suite 125, Tucson, Ariz. 85718
My wife, Gayle, and I have been blessed with a beautiful daughter, Noelle, who is now approaching her third birthday. At 9 months, she was diagnosed with the genetic disease Niemann-Pick, Type C. The disease has left her dependent on a ventilator. Prior to her discharge from the hospital, our physicians suggested that we consider letting her die. Yet our decision to bring her home with us has been one of the best of our lives. The disease process appears to be in a state of remission, and we have bought some time in hopes of a cure. Such heroic fund-raising efforts as those of Coach Parseghian provide us with more hope. Equally important is the publicity that has accompanied his efforts. Because the disease is so rare, little funding is available for research. Thank you for the effort to educate America on this killer we face every day.
A.CHRIS CURCIO, Erie, Pa.
While I applaud the Dilleys for their efforts in what must be an exhausting undertaking, I have to question their judgment in pouring their children's cereal in the middle of the floor. I have a pretty good vacuum, but I wouldn't want to eat off my carpet, and neither would my dog. Even he gets a bowl.
KIM HAMMERS, Rotonda West, Fla.
IVY SPENCER BIGBEE
I must add some pertinent information to your story "Stamp of Honor." I was contacted by postal art director Karl Herrman to design the stamp, and the concept of the ID tags was selected from seven that I had submitted. I was asked by Karl, at the request of Ms. Bigbee, to allow her to photograph the tags, as she had lost her husband in Vietnam. My heart went out to her, and I consented. Though I realize your story focuses on Ivy's important connection to the war, I feel the full story and proper credits concerning the creation of the stamp have been ignored.
GARY VISKUPIC, Centerport, N.Y.