For a long time now, Keanu Reeves has made headlines across the world not just because for being an incredible Hollywood actor, but also for his kindness and charitable works.
The 54-year-old has melted hearts before by sharing money with the special effects crew of The Matrix, and giving up his seats for people on the subway.
However, what people may not know is that Reeves has been running a private foundation for over half a decade, one that helps aid children’s hospitals and cancer research.
Keanu had quite a tough life life growing up. His father was absent during his upbringing, his mom spent time with a number of different partners, and he struggled with severe dyslexia. Having dropped out of high school to pursue acting full-time, things could have easily taken a wrong-turn and left him to an entirely different situation.
Fortunately, after grinding his way through Hollywood, Keanu Reeves became a household name via starring roles in films such as Speed and The Matrix.
But that was not the end of Keanu’s heartbreaks. His then girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, fell pregnant with his child, but their worlds were shattered when their daughter was stillborn. His child’s death opened a rift between the two of them that simply couldn’t be healed and they eventually split. Just 18 months after their breakup, Jennifer was killed in a car accident.
Keanu was heartbroken when his best-friend, actor River Phoenix, died of combined drug intoxication outside a Los Angeles nightclub at just the age of 23.
All these tragedies, losing his child, his former love and best-friend, would have easily drove anyone into a dark place. Thankfully, that’s not what he did. At the back of his mind, something nagged at him to do more.
So, silently, Keanu started a cancer foundation in honor of his little sister, who had been diagnosed with leukemia years before. “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.” he told Ladies Home Journal.
For Keanu, the foundation was not an opportunity to grab headlines or enjoy being in the spotlight. It was simply a way for him to help the world, irrespective of whether or not people knew about it.
What a man Keanu Reeves is! He proves time and time again that he’s as genuine and caring as they come. Remember to share this article to pay tribute to this incredible man.