Spencer West from Toronto, Canada lost his legs as a child due to a genetic disease. He had sacral agenesis, a rare condition in which the lower spine doesn’t work properly. However, this didn’t stop him from using his hands to climb the tallest mountain in the world (19,341ft high).
Doctors amputated his legs at the age of 5 and told him he would never be a functioning member of society. He refused to listen to them.
He trained for one year before climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro on 12th June with two of his best friends. He wanted to make sure that he had enough strength in his arms to complete climbing the mountain. It took them 7 days to reach the top. He used his arms to climb 80% of the way and a wheelchair for the remainder.
“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”.
Spencer was able to raise more than £300,00 for the charity Free The Children.
An inspirational story that really shows what motivation and determination can help you achieve.