Making an impact on the world can sometimes feel like an uphill battle, and if anyone knows about uphill battles, it's Spencer West. The double leg amputee from Toronto made headlines when he and his...
Inspired and compelled by celebrity luminaries including The Barenaked Ladies and Serena Ryder, as well as some particular youth favourites such as Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, the feeling at We Day 2013 in the Air Canada Centre was electric.
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What is it about walking? What is it about assembling en masse in giveaway T-shirts to shuffle down blockaded streets for free chocolate milk and a participant medal? It seems to bring out the good in everyone with the promise of exercise and altruism in five-kilometre increments.
CALGARY - Sore, but in good spirits, double-amputee Spencer West completed a gruelling 11-day trek from Edmonton to Calgary on Thursday.West covered the 300 kilometres partly on his hands and partly i...
On the final day of our trek from Edmonton to Calgary to raise money for clean water overseas, we're just outside the city limits of Cowtown. I can see Calgary's skyline, and after 10 straight days of walking on my hands, it's like a mirage in the desert.
The act of walking forward is a truly life-affirming motion. In life, we are always moving forward in some way, whether through space, time or in growth. The way we travel forward defines us. If we travel with positivity, pace, good humour and graciousness, we always arrive in the right place.
Me To We
He's been busy walking from Edmonton to Calgary, but Spencer West found the time to call his mom from the side of the highway on Mother's Day. "It’s kind of bittersweet (and maybe ironic) to be doing...
Me To We
When we set out to walk from Edmonton to Calgary three days ago, we didn't really know what to expect. Last summer our journey to raise money for clean water in developing communities had us climb Kilimanjaro, but in some ways Alberta's flatlands offer more unforgiving terrain than mountainous peaks.
When travelling between Edmonton and Calgary, most Canadians drive or take the bus to get from one Albertan city to the next. Not Spencer West. He's walking. And not on his feet either. The 31 year-o...
Never tell Spencer West that he can't do something. A congenital spinal disorder rendered his legs useless, so at age five, West underwent a double amputation to remove them. His biggest challenge -- so far -- was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for charity last June. Today, we were with West as he kicked off the We Walk 4Water campaign, starting a 300-kilometre trek from Edmonton to Calgary.
Free The Children
Spencer West, motivational speaker and partner of Me to We, uses his personal struggles to encourage young people to look beyond their own circumstances and see how they can make a difference to other...
In the past, Spencer West had been told he wasn't capable of accomplishing a lot. Born with an abnormal development of the spine called sacral agenesis, West had to have his legs amputated below the p...
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Climbing Kilimanjaro isn't particularly unique. It's an accomplishment, absolutely, but thousands of people do it every year. However they have all had something West does not: legs. Spencer is 2''7 in height, with no lower body below the pelvis. What he lacks in limbs, he more than makes up for in tenacity.
One of the more inspirational guests at the We Day rallies currently rolling across Canada is Me to We speaker Spencer West. In front of gatherings of 18,000 youths celebrating Free the Children's ann...