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Keanu Reeves Has A Private Charity Foundation For Cancer, That He Set For The Saddest Personal Reason

Date September 4, 2018

The iconic "Matrix" and "John Wick" star Keanu Reeves can easily impersonate the heroes on the screen, but behind the curtains, he is no less of a hero. While his private life has been on the spotlight, his good deeds remain mostly hidden from the public view.

The reason for it is the actor’s modesty and genuine philanthropic soul.  Reeves set up a private charity foundation that aids in the battle against cancer; yet, he chose not to put his name on it.

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He talked about it once in an interview with the Ladies’ Home Journal, according to Snopes:

I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research. I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does.

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The actor’s notorious tragic life story has shaped him into the man he is today. And from what we know, he is generous, compassionate and helpful.

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His childhood wasn’t the sweetest, as he grew up without a father. The movie star revealed that his dad had left the family when Keanu was still a toddler. Their rare meetings ended when the future actor was 13, and 10 years when there was no news of him followed. When he showed up later, the pair didn’t have any connection at all.

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In 1999, Reeves and his girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, were expecting a baby, but at 8 months, their daughter was stillborn. The Jennifer tragically died in the car accident 18 months later.

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Just at the same time, the life of the actor was clouded with one more family tragedy – his younger sister, Kim, was diagnosed with leukemia. The devoted brother stayed by Kim's side, supporting her through the struggle. Fortunately, she has been in remission since 1999.

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The hardship of life affected the movie star deeply and, naturallly, his view of the world has also changed. Since Kim’s fight with leukemia, Reeves started making donations into multiple children’s hospitals and cancer research centers.

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The Hollywood icon also funds the SCORE, or Spinal Cord Opportunities for Rehabilitation Endowment. This charity organization was established after a UCLA hockey player’s spinal cord was crushed in a post-season game.

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He does not like to brag about his charity work, having his own philosophical opinion about it:

Money doesn’t mean anything to me. I give lots away and live simply. We all know that good health is much more important.

In contrast to many other Hollywood stars, Keanu Reeves chose another way to use his funds. Instead of living in luxury, he makes the money work for the good of humanity.

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