Excerpt from What Disability: (click for entire article)
Spencer West is an activist and motivational speaker from Toronto, Canada. When he was 5-years old his legs were amputated because of a rare genetic disorder he was born with called sacral agenesis. According to The Star, West mother, Tonette, said, "Doctors told us when he was a baby that he would never do much with his life, ...They said he should stick to activities like reading and writing."
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.