After his young sister Kim battled cancer for 10 years, Keanu Reeves donated 70% of his ‘The Matrix’ salary a whopping $31.5 million to leukemia research.

The K, in Keanu, stands for kindness. The internet’s boyfriend never skips an opportunity to do something worthy and bring a smile to people’s faces. Keanu Reeves donated a huge chunk of his earnings from the original “The Matrix” movie to cancer research. Reeves’ younger sister Kim was battling leukemia. She was diagnosed with it in 1991. Reeves, 57, was reportedly paid $10 million upfront for the 1999 sci-fi flick before earning a further $35 million when the movie became a box office blockbuster. According to New York Post, he donated around $31.5 million to leukemia research, 70 percent of the approximately $45 million total he made from the blockbuster.

Keanu Reaves and Carrie Ann Moss in the Matrix Resurrections.

At the time of the donation, Reaves sister Kim had been battling leukemia or blood cancer for eight long and arduous years, making this a cause close to his heart. According to Bright Vibes, Keanu Reeves’ private foundation funds research into cancer, supporting both children’s wards and kids’ hospitals. For the longest time, nobody even knew he was doing this until Reeves told Ladies’ Home Journal back in 2009:” 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. I don’t like to attach my name to it; I just let the foundation do what it does.”

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Keanu Reaves in The Matrix Revolutions.

In addition to uncredited casual acts of kindness, including secretly donating large sums of money to children’s hospitals, helping in Cancer research, he effortlessly makes people around him feel incredibly lucky to have met him. A few months ago, the 57-year-old action movie star presented the members of his John Wick: Chapter 4 movie stunt team with brand-new, personalized Rolex Submariners to express his gratitude. Back in 2020, he auctioned a 15-minute zoom date to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity. Reportedly, the winning bid was more than $19,000 for the brief date with the Hollywood heartthrob.

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