Challenges come in many ways. But challenging yourself and feeling empowered will be the topic of discussion tonight in the star city. A man with no legs, who’s climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, travels the world to speak at events, and volunteers his time to help others…. spoke at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
He doesn’t take no for an answer. One man has taken his life to new heights despite missing legs. His story has captivated the world and he’s come to Presque Isle to share what his life can teach others…. “social responsibility and sort of looking at challenges differently, and how we can all sort of make a difference regardless how old we are how young we are, and that it starts right here in our own community,” Spencer West says.
He does more than what doctors told him he would never be able to do. West says, “I was born with legs, but I was born with a genetic disease that caused the muscles in my legs not to work, so as a kid they removed just below my pelvis so I can get around better. And after my surgery my family and I were told by the doctors that I would potentially never sit up by myself never walk by myself and that I probably wouldn’t be a functioning member of society.”
They were wrong, West has gone above and beyond what anyone ever imagined. He works for an organization called ME TO WE based out of canada which is a social enterprise company basically designed to help people.
West, “my buddies and I came up with this idea to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and to raise money for clean water at the time East Africa was facing one of the largest droughts they’d seen in over 60 year…that’s where I had found my passion and discovered I can use my story to inspire other people…”
From there West has gone on to share his life story and give motivational speeches around the world. His most recent stop, is right here in Presque Isle at UMPI….where West says the most important thing those who attend should come away with, is the sense of empowerment to get out and do something in their community.