I remember seeing Spencer West last Fall at the massive We Day event in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre filled with school kids. Upon first glance you are speechless. And that's what happened. He silenced the entire arena. How can this guy defy the odds of what life has presented to him and still continue to be focused on the positive? To see the faces on the thousands of youths at the event was priceless - even my own son was filled with questions and was inspired that "if he can do what he wants...then so can I."
Spencer lost his legs at the age of five. He was born with a genetic disorder called sacral agensis. His legs were amputated and doctors told him he would never be a functioning member of society. But he's determined. And he's found a positive voice to inspire others not just by motivational speaking but also by doing.
This morning, Spencer has achieved one of his greatest summits known to all mankind. On his hands and wheelchair he reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Redefining possibility.
"I set out to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro not only to redefine what's possible for me, but to inspire others to overcome obstacles and challenges of their own, and to give back to communities, that need our help", says Spencer.
"Reaching the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro was the most mentally and physically challenging thing I have ever done, but in doing so, it reinforced the powerful message behind believing in yourself, and believing in others. So many people made this journey possible for me and I am so humbled by everyone's support."
Spencer and his two friends began their eight-day trek on June 12. He kept followers and supporters informed through daily updates on his blog, Facebook and Twitter.
He raised over $500,000 for Free The Children.
If you would like to check out his trek blog visit POSSIBLE: REDEFINED
For more information about this year's We Day event dates and cities, visit www.WeDay.com
They have expanded to visit more cities this year. Youth committed to volunteerism and making a difference (big are small) are recognized at this annual event during the fall attended by thousands. I've also written a post on last year's event - link to the story Inspiring more in "WE"
Spencer's facebook post this morning read "WE MADE IT!"
Yes, you sure did! Amazing!