A Legacy of Giving: Robin Williams Bike Auction

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 14, 2016 # Christopher and Dana, Fundraising

Robin Williams’ family has launched an auction featuring a vast collection of bicycles owned and ridden by the late actor to benefit two nonprofits dedicated to serving individuals living with physical disabilities: the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). The auction is being hosted on Paddle8.com, the premier online collecting destination, from Oct. 13-25.

From the book, Robin Williams: A Singular Portrait, 1986-2002 (copyright Arthur Grace)As well-known for his philanthropy as he was for his acting, Robin Williams was devoted to a number of charitable causes. He was an active ambassador for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) to raise awareness for the millions of Americans living with disabilities. Even after his passing, Robin’s immeasurable impact and trademark spirit can be seen and felt across the Reeve Foundation.

Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams met in 1973 as roommates at the Julliard School and became lifelong friends. After Christopher sustained a spinal cord injury, Robin joined the Reeve Foundation Board of Directors and continued to support the organization following Reeve’s passing in 2004.

Robin championed the Reeve Foundation’s mission to cure spinal cord injury and improve the quality of life for all individuals living with paralysis. Thanks to his generous support, the Reeve Foundation has moved closer to delivering on Christopher Reeve’s dream of a world of empty wheelchairs. Robin also advocated for Dana Reeve’s vision to enhance quality of life through the Reeve Foundation’s Paralysis Resource Center, a constellation of services to serve families impacted by paralysis.

As an avid cyclist, Williams was beloved by the cycling community and collected a number of high-end and custom bicycles. A selection of 87 bicycles from his personal collection are being sold in support of CAF and the Reeve Foundation, including a Dario Pegoretti Responsorium and Love #3, Serotta Ottrott, Trek Madone 7 Diamonds and a Zipp racing bike.

“Like Christopher Reeve, Robin Williams was an unmovable force. To have them in the same room, let alone fighting for the same cause, was extraordinary,” said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “Robin provided unending support without fanfare or question, and became a powerful voice for the millions of Americans living with paralysis. Thanks to his efforts and the generous contributions of his family, cures for spinal cord injury are now within reach. Being part of this auction with Challenged Athletes Foundation is a beautiful way to honor his legacy of giving.”

From the book, Robin Williams: A Singular Portrait, 1986-2002 (copyright Arthur Grace)As a result of Robin’s fierce dedication, both the Reeve Foundation and CAF have advanced their shared mission of helping individuals living with physical challenges achieve improved health and quality of life, while promoting greater inclusion and independence.

“We hope these bikes will bring their new owners as much joy as riding them, and helping these causes, always brought him.”-the Williams Family

See the full auction showcase at paddle8.com/robinwilliams until October 25.

*All images are from the book, Robin Williams: A Singular Portrait, 1986-2002 (copyright Arthur Grace)