Dana Reeve is 'Feeling Great' Despite Cancer Battle
November 18, 2005

Capping off a year in which she lost her husband, her mother and was diagnosed with lung cancer, Dana Reeve stepped back into the spotlight Thursday night.

Reeve looked like the picture of perfect health, wearing a stylish auburn wig to conceal the side effects of chemotherapy. "My health, I'm feeling great, surprisingly," Reeve admitted. "I'll tell you, it's another journey, and I'm ready to be finished with the journeys, thank you very much."

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, who traditionally shared their birthday with Christopher, were honored with his Spirit of Courage Award.

"She's Wonder Woman," Zeta-Jones said of Reeve. "She's better than Superwoman, she's Wonder Woman."

As Hollywood friends including Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Uma Thurman and Robin Williams celebrated Christopher, Dana was convinced her Superman was in the house and speaking to her.

"He's saying, ‘Go forward!" Reeve laughed. "He's also saying I look great, fabulous."

The benefit raised $2 million for Reeve's paralysis foundation. Paul Newman was going to kick in $50,000, but then decided, "What the hell, make it a hundred."

And as she proudly displayed the foundation's dog tag necklaces bearing the slogan "Go Forward," Reeve proved those are words to live by. "I was married to a man who never gave up," she said. "He taught me so much about courage and about going forward, and he really lives with me in this."

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