Reeve to the Rescue

updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/22/1998 12:00AM

Christopher Reeve, 48, spoke at the opening of the Kessler Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital in Montgomery County, Md., on Sunday, in an appearance that was the result of a special bond he shares with the hospital's director of rehabilitation, Erica Druin, 35, reports PEOPLE. It was she who was Reeve's primary physical therapist when the "Superman" star first arrived at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, N.J., after the 1995 horseback-riding accident that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Reeve discussed the need for insurance companies and HMOs to cover new methods of therapy that would benefit those suffering from spinal cord injuries. He also told PEOPLE that he just got back from a trip to Vail, Colo., with his family. "We had a wonderful time skiing. Well, I got to watch," he said with a laugh. "It's funny, because I used to be a celebrity participant in benefits for other charities." He is currently working on a project for ABC of which he's the executive producer and director, though he isn't at liberty to discuss that just yet. Also, he said, "I recently directed a public service announcement for the American Red Cross."

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