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American News Jan 3, 2022 11:01 PM EST

Keanu Reeves donated 70 percent of Matrix salary to cancer research

Reeves is reported to have donated a whopping 70 percent of The Matrix money to leukemia research.

Keanu Reeves donated 70 percent of Matrix salary to cancer research
Mia Cathell The Post Millennial

Beloved actor Keanu Reeves donated a large portion of his earnings from The Matrix original movie to cancer research, according to a new report.

The universally loved 57-year-old pop culture icon was reportedly paid $10 million upfront for the 1999 science fiction film, before he earned an additional eye-popping $35 million when the sensational flick became a box office blockbuster.

Reeves had donated a whopping 70 percent of the money, $31.5 million, to leukemia research, British digital publisher LADbible reported Wednesday.

The celebrity's younger sister, Kim, was battling the deadly disease for a hard-fought eight years at the time Reeves made the heartwarming donation.

Kim was diagnosed in 1991 and spent a decade enduring treatments before she entered remission in 2001. In the many years since Kim's cure, Reeves has continued to gift money to research and even created a cancer fund of his own.

Reeves set up the little-known "secret" nonprofit, which operated without much media attention and remained out of public light until recent years.

"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 while speaking to Ladies Home Journal in 2009. "I don't like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does," the charitable star added in the interview.

Last year, Reeves auctioned off a 15-minute Zoom date with himself in June 2020 and donated the thousands of dollars raised to pediatric cancer charity Camp Rainbow Gold, a summer program for Idaho children with cancer.

"Bill & Ted. Speed. The Matrix. John Wick. You know him. You love him. This is truly priceless and now you have the chance to Zoom with him from home!" read the online auction description for the "Shine for Camp" fundraiser.

The winning bidder paid more than $19,000, about $1,266 per minute, for the virtual rendezvous with the Hollywood heartthrob, New York Post reported.

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