My name is Spencer West and I was born with a genetic disease that prevented the muscles in my legs from working, and at the age of five they were removed just below my pelvis so I could get around better.
The doctors said I would never sit up, walk or be a functioning member of society. But my family and I refused to accept that. Instead, we set out to redefine what was possible. With their support, I've overcome many obstacles.
Believe it or not I'm about to face my greatest obstacle ever! And I'm going to redefine possible yet again.
As a Me to We speaker, I travel the world sharing my story and speaking on behalf of Me to We's best friend and charity partner, Free The Children. (I've also had the incredible opportunity to expand my story in a book called Standing Tall: My Journey.)
On a recent trip to Kenya I saw the effects of one of the worst droughts East Africa has endured in over 60 years. It was overwhelming. And I had to take action.
With the help of my two best friends, Alex Meers and David Johnson - both social activists and Me to We employees - we launched a campaign called Redefine Possible.
On June 12, 2012 we will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the largest free-standing mountain in Africa. We hope to raise $750,000 to help provide sustainable sources of clean water to 12,500 people in Free The Children's communities in Kenya. This 10-day journey will be undertaken in my wheelchair, on my hands and even in the arms of my friends.
David, Alex and I believe that we have the capacity to redefine of the limits of our own human potential. We are a generation who even out the odds and define impossible as possible. There is no can't or won't, only how.
Please continue to check back as we will be posting videos of our training regimen and team introductions, plus live daily updates from the actual climb.
Join us on this incredible adventure and help us Redefine Possible.