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.
Spencer West lost both of his legs at the age of five as a result of a genetic disorder. He was told by doctors he would never be a functioning member of society. He has spent his entire life proving them wrong. In 2008, Spencer travelled to Kenya to help build a school in the Maasai Mara region. He credits this experience for helping him recognize his true calling – to motivate and inspire people around the world. Spencer is now a Me to We motivational speaker and author, reaching millions of people with his encouraging words. Last June, Spencer successfully reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, raising more than half a million dollars to bring clean water to communities affected by the drought in Kenya. This year, he is embarking on an 11-day walk from Edmonton to Calgary to raise money for Free The Children’s year-long Water Initiative, with a goal of providing 100,000 people with clean water for life.
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.
05/09/2013 02:54 EDT
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