Philanthropist Kenau Reeves

Portraits serie of celebrities being philanthropic by spirit and heart

We all know a talented, forever young, and quite modest actor Keanu Reeves. He is the one who played Neo in Matrix, Kevin Lomax in Devil's Advocate, and John Wick in a movie with the same title.

The actor does not like beautiful houses and private jets. Even when he became famous, he did not buy his place to live but stayed in rental housing. He has few things, no security, and instead of a car, Keanu moves around on public transport. The actor gave 90% of his fee from Matrix movie (which is $ 80 million) to make-up artists, special effects specialists and other colleagues whose salaries were much lower than those of the actors. Also, he gave motorcycles to 12 stuntmen.

Keanu Reeves is the founder of the Cancer Foundation. It exists for a few years now, and it is not the way to seek the limelight. He talked about its existence once only during the interview in 2009. According to the actor, the private foundation was working for six years back at that time. Its primary goal is to help children ill with cancer financially, let alone financing cancer treatment studies. A personal tragedy prompted the actor. One of his sisters had leukemia back in the 90`s. After a long struggle with the disease, the girl was in remission. Mass media reported that Reeves was supporting his sister while she was struggling with the illness and when she became feeling better, he took her on vacation to Tahiti.

Keanu is a stranger to vanity. He refused to give his name to the organization. He does not like taking credits but lets the foundation do what it is supposed to be doing. Besides, he supports all kinds of environmental initiatives and an animal rights activist.

Money is the last thing he cares about. He says he could live for what he already has for the next couple of centuries.

Even though he does not make a song and dance about his philanthropic work, he does not make a mystery out of it either. For example, it is well-recognized that he was supporting PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), SickKids (pediatric research hospital), and Stand Up To Cancer (care ware aimed at capital investments for oncology diseases studies.

This is how a rather shy by nature and living secluded life actor with a kind heart does. Besides, he is almost always up for taking pictures with his fans.

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Melisa Marzett is a writer who admires other people writing and who has wanted to become a writer since school days. Apart from writing, she loves design, fashion, amateurs who are good at what they are doing from birth. Also, she is a very moody person but practicing positive thinking, meditation, and yoga. Although, enjoys autumn as her favorite season of the year and a little melancholy. Her writing is available at