Hollywood superstar Keanu Reeves off-screen life can aptly be described as tragic. However, he’s made it his life’s mission not to let these tragedies deter him from giving back and helping others as much as possible.
This is just one story amongst hundreds, but Keanu is not the type of guy who makes a habit of turning his generosity into a public relations stunt. He does not need to be recognized for his charity, as evidenced in a revelation that he has been secretly financing children’s hospitals.
According to Snopes, in 2009 he told the Ladies’ Home Journal: “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.”
In addition, Reeves has also donated to SCORE (Spinal Cord Opportunities for Rehabilitation Endowment), a charity founded after a UCLA hockey player’s spinal cord was crushed in a post-season game. The actor was even spotted manning the phones at a Stand Up to Cancer telethon in 2008.
It is worth to mention that when Keanu Reeves was only 3 years old, his father left his family. Keanu spent his teenage years at four different high schools while struggling with dyslexia.
He eventually graduated but lost his best friend at the age of 23 to a drug overdose, his first child to a miscarriage, and the love of his life to a car accident. When it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse for Keanu, his sister was also diagnosed with leukemia Thankfully, she recovered from it.