Spencer was thirteen when he was paralyzed in a snowboarding accident. Prior to the acident, he loved swimming in the ocean, playing basketball and snowboarding. He used to revel in the freedom of riding his bike with his friends, the wind flying in his hair.On February 1, 2010, Spencer's life changed forever. He crashed his snowboard and shattered his C4/C5 vertebrae, sustaining a severe spinal cord injury. Unable to breathe, move or feel anything below chest level, Spencer remained hospitalized for over three months. But Spencer never accepted the doctors prognosis and he never gave up.
Now, four years and six rehabilitation sessions a week later, Spencer is making amazing progress. He has sensation and movement in almost every part of his body. He can push his own wheelchair (with power assist wheels), write with his left hand, stand, and take unassisted steps. He now drives independently in a specially adapted car. He is also a high school senior with top grades. Spencer has demonstrated courage and an exemplary work ethic in his recovery. He also has a great sense of humor.
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