Spencer West, Double Amputee Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Published on Friday, 22 June 2012 14:39
Since those words West has done much to prove those doctors wrong. His most recent accomplishment is truly inspirational. On Tuesday, after a seven day hike, he reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro with his two best friends and 50 other supporters. Its reported that the mountain claims about 10 lives a year and nearly 1,000 have to be evacuated.
West used his hands to get around throughout most of the hike and his wheelchair when it was possible. He trained for about a year strengthening and conditioning his body to be ready for the hike.
"We were nervous we wouldn't make it to the top, especially after my friends got sick," said West, when his friends suffered from altitude sickness, "But that's why the three of us came, to help each other."
The purpose of the hike was to inspire others in keeping with the campaign Redefine Possible. Another goal was to raise money to give to Free the Children, a charity that will build a clean water program for 20,000 Kenyans.
"I keep thinking about the little girl I met while volunteering in a Kenyan village a few years ago. She had changed the course of my entire life with just a few simple, honest words. Looking at where my legs would have been she said, "I didn't know things like this happened to white people."
I have often wondered if that little girl has been affected by the drought, the worst of its kind in East Africa in 60 years. This was the very reason we launched the Redefine Possible campaign - to raise money for clean-water programming for the East African communities affected by drought. I still don't know how she and her family fared. But I do know that, as of today, I've done something to repay her."