Celebrity
Keanu Reeves sacrificed his career to help care for his cancer-stricken sister for a decade
She was diagnosed with leukemia at the peak of his career, but supporting her was worth more than any fame or movie role.
Caryl Jane Espiritu
12.02.22

Celebrity or not, family will always matter.

Keanu Reeves is a celebrated Hollywood star.

His life may seem easy or perfect, but just like the rest of us, he is a regular guy who receives life’s punches from time to time.

He may have been a famous celebrity for decades, but he’s always kept a portion of his life private.

The things he kept from the public included his family.

Keanu Reeves was born in Lebanon and he has three sisters named Kim, Karina, and Emma.

Although the guy is used to having his affairs revealed to the public, he made sure that his familial affairs were not open to the world.

Many don’t know the things he is willing to do for his family.

If taking care of them would mean sacrificing his career, he would not hesitate to do it.

The Hollywood star did not grow up with a father, who he last saw when he was 13 years old.

Despite not having a father figure to guide him, he was able to act as the head of the family.

He shares the same parents with his sister, Kim, while Karina and Emma are his half-sisters from when his mom, Patricia Taylor, remarried.

Over the years, Keanu has had his own share of tragedies.

He lost his only child and his lover.

His sister also got sick, but thankfully she survived.

It was partly because of her brother’s love and support throughout the years.

It was at the peak of Keanu’s career when he found out that Kim was diagnosed with leukemia.

It was devastating news that broke the man’s heart.

He knew he had to do something to help his sister who needed him at that time.

The first thing Keanu did was to make sure he lived close to his beloved sister.

He sold his home so he could stay near Kim, and give her the treatment and help she badly needed.

He made sure that his sister was comfortable and free of stress as much as possible, so she can recover fast.

It took 10 years for Kim to fully recover. All throughout that period, Keanu never left her and gave up on her.

He was there for her in every single step she took until she was fully healed.

He even cleaned her home to ensure that Kim was calm and relaxed.

The Matrix star put his career on hold for his sister but was still able to support her treatment and needs.

Keanu also helped other people with leukemia by supporting them with 70% of his proceeds from filming his first movie.

His salary for the said film is $45 million.

Can you imagine the number of leukemia patients he was able to help because of this huge amount of donations?

The selfless star never bragged about his philanthropic acts and was just consistent in supporting foundations and institutions with a good cause.

Fans all over the world admire him for this trait and continue to support his projects, knowing that they are being instruments for a good man to spread kindness to the world.

Learn more about Keanu’s life in the video below.

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By Caryl Jane Espiritu
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Caryl Jane Espiritu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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