Spencer West lost from his pelvis down at the age of five years old. He was born in Toronto, Ontario with his parents, Tonette and Kenny believed he could of easily been defeated in the world but instead he was defeating challenge after challenge. Spencer was told that he would live 18 years mostly inactive at the most. Spencer's parents treated him like any other young boy and was given curfews when he started partying and was encouraged to participate in sports. He was bullied for many years and now talks to others about how they can overcome bullying and stereotyping in school. In high school he participated in cheerleading performed handstands and back extension rolls on the squad in Rock Springs, Wyoming, and helped them win the state championship.
Spencer`s Life Now
Spencer became a global speaker and has encouraged many children and people around the world. Spencer wanted to redefine possible. He has appeared countless times in media and has shared the staged with many people such as former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, Dr. Jane Goodall, and many singers.
He wants to inspire young children and is also in-demand at educating the world. Spencer’s speeches offer take-home tips and life-lessons on how to find opportunity in every challenge, instilling hope and empowering leaders so they can motivate others to create positive change.
Spencer has gone head over heals to be heard and I think he has done so. Spencer has gone all over the world sharing his story and inspiring millions around the world and helping them to understand how they can make it through at home challenges and challenges with people and life lessons. To share his story with many more people all around the world he has wrote a book called, Standing Tall: My Journey by Spencer West. Doctors believe today that he will live to old age and is mentally and physically in netter shape than most of his friends now.
Here are some highlights of Spencer's story
- Keynote speaker at the YPO/WPO Global Summit in Istanbul, Turkey
- He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair in May 2012
- He completed an epic 300 km (187 mile) trek on his hands and in his wheelchair from Edmonton to Calgary, Canada in May 2013
- Recipient of the Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal from Taiwan’s Chou Ta-kuan Cultural and Education Foundation in 2011
- He served as the Man in Motion Medal Bearer for the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay in 2011
- Serves as an international leadership facilitator in countries around the world
- In 2013, Spencer received an honorary Doctor of Letters, honoris causa from Thompson Rivers University