Mexican actress Adriana Barraza, nominated for an Oscar for her role in Babel, and Venezuelan actor Alejandro Chabán have joined the efforts of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
In 1999, the Superman actor and his wife founded the organization to finance paralysis research and treatment. For nine years, the now-deceased Christopher Reeve battled a spinal cord injury after being paralyzed in a 1995 horseback-riding accident. Since then, the pair dedicated themselves to helping others with spinal cord-related afflictions.
Barraza, 51, and Chabán, 26, join other artists involved with the foundation, such as Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Wilmer Valderrama. The two will represent the institution within the Latin community. “I’m happy and proud to take part in the foundation’s important work. As Latinos, we have a great commitment and overall great responsibility to tell the world about this valuable work,” stated Chabán, whose film The Perfect Game will hit the big screen in spring 2008.