Will Reeve, 17, Recalls Favorite Memories Of Parents Christopher and Dana Reeve

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When he was a kid Will Reeve didn't understand why strangers called his parents, Christopher and Dana Reeve, "an inspiration." But now at age 17, he is attempting to carry on the message his parents worked hard to impart.

"To me, Mom and Dad were the people who forced me to eat broccoli and to turn the TV off to do my homework," the 17-year-old told a rapt audience at the annual gala for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Monday night. "I never consciously viewed them as inspirations then, but their heroic efforts shaped who I am today and who I hope to become tomorrow"

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