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Keanu Reeves Donated Most Of His ‘The Matrix’ Earnings To Cancer Research




Actor Keanu Reeves reportedly donated 70% of his earnings from the 1999 film The Matrix to cancer research. 

According to the New York Post, Reeves made a total of $44 million from the blockbuster film, and donated around 70% of that which equates to $31.5 million to organisations researching leukaemia.

A reason given for the large donation from Reeves is that his younger sister Kim was battling the disease at the time, after having been previously diagnosed with blood cancer in 1991.

The actor’s efforts to raise money for cancer research continued even after his sister Kim was cured, with Reeves having set up his own non-profit foundation sometime around 2004.


“I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research,” Reeves said in a 2009 interview with Ladies Home Journal.

Back in 2020, Reeves also auctioned off a 15-minute Zoom date with himself, with all proceeds donated to Camp Rainbow Gold, a summer program in Idaho for children with cancer.

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