The Reeve Foundation honored Williams in 1998 with the inaugural “Human Spirit Award”. The Foundation later presented Robin Williams with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Philanthropy Award at "Making Magic Happen," the Foundation's 3rd annual Los Angeles Gala. "After Christopher was paralyzed, Robin was the first person to make him laugh, and Robin stood by both Christopher and Dana through each triumph and challenge during their fight to find cures and treatments for spinal cord injury. Robin is a man of great depth and compassion and a loving friend to the Foundation as we go forward to realize the dreams of our founders," said Peter D. Kiernan, Chairman and CEO of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. "His philanthropic spirit is strong and should serve as an example of the essential decency in every one of us."