04/21/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT
Christopher Reeve was one of many celebrities on hand Friday to help dedicate a $37 million center which aims to find better treatments for paralysis, as well as a cure. Reeve, 48, who was paralyzed in a riding accident in 1995, helped unveil The Lois Pope Life Center as the new home for the 15-year-old Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami. Also on hand: Gloria Estefan, 43, who recovered from a spinal cord injury she suffered in a bus crash, Tom Brokaw and retired Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf. "The resources are in place," Reeve said, according to the Associated Press. "Every scientist should think about the sense of urgency. Research is not made for research alone but to ease human suffering." Reeve, best known for his role as "Superman" in the film series, has proven to be quite a Superhero off-screen as well. "I always said on my 50th birthday I would stand up and thank everybody who had helped me," he told reporters last spring.