Dana Reeve has cancer August 9, 2005 at 5:31 PM CDT - Updated July 26 at 5:25 PM She was by her husband's side as he dealt with his paralysis during the last nine years of his life. And now, Dana Reeve -- the widow of actor Christopher Reeve -- is facing a health crisis of her own. She says she has lung cancer. Reeve says she's being treated by "an excellent team of physicians." She says, "Now, more than ever, I feel Christopher with me as I face this challenge." She says he was the "ultimate example of defying the odds." Reeve is the chairwoman of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. It funds research on paralysis.