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Christopher Reeve's son continuing father's work

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A local gym is teaming up with the Christopher and Dana Reeve foundation in hopes of funding more spinal cord injury research.

SEAL Fit headquarters in Encinitas is asking people from all over the country to participate by working out and donating to the cause on Saturday morning.

Mark Divine is SEAL Fit’s CEO, and he said, “the character to be a SEAL is more about mental toughness and resiliency than it is fitness.”

Divine said that is what he sees in the paralyzed clients he has worked with, including Jon Atwater.

Atwater is trying to walk again after breaking his neck for the second time.

“You either have a never quit attitude which is what SEAL Fit is all about---an unbeatable mind---or you can give up,” said Atwater.

That's the attitude late actor and advocate Christopher Reeve had.

Reeve was best known for his role in Superman.

Reeve became a quadriplegic in 1995 after falling off a horse. He died in 2004, but the attention he brought to spinal cord research continues today, in part, thanks to his son.

Matthew Reeve said the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is working on an epidural stimulation project which has been proven to work by using an implanted device to send signals up and down the spinal cord.

“What it does is reawakens dormant pathways and so we've had success with four patients so far---out of four,” said Reeve.

To expand that research, Matthew is teaming up with SEAL Fit. The goal is to raise $50,000 by having people take part in a workout and then donating to the foundation.

“You know we have a shared passion for a common cause and a resolve to do what we can to help people out of wheelchairs,” said Reeve.

He said the future is bright and he hopes there will no longer be a need for his parents’ foundation in the decades to come.

“You know when my father was first injured, it was thought that cures were an impossibility, but it’s all about redefining what’s possible,” said Reeve.

The workout called the Reeve Work Out of the Day can be done on your own, at a gym of choice, or SEAL Fit headquarters Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

There are prizes associated with the team or person who raises the most money.

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