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Free The Children

June 19, 2012 07:30 ET

MEDIA ALERT: Possible Redefined! Double Amputee, Spencer West, Reaches Peak of Mount Kilimanjaro

Motivational speaker reaches Summit of tallest mountain in Africa, raising more than $500,000 and counting for Free The Children clean water projects in Kenya

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 19, 2012) -

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Spencer West, who lost his legs at the age of five, has redefined his possible by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair, all while raising funds for international charity and youth empowerment organization, Free The Children.

"I set out to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro not only to redefine what's possible for me, but to inspire others to overcome obstacles and challenges of their own, and to give back to communities, that need our help," said West. "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. So many people made this journey possible for me and I am so humbled by everyone's support."

West, along with his two best friends, David Johnson and Alex Meers, began the eight-day trek on June 12. While climbing, he kept supporters informed through daily updates, video messages and photos on the Redefine Possible blog. Supporters, including celebrities such as Nelly Furtado and Nina Dobrev, posted words of encouragement, and messages on how they are redefining possible on Twitter and Free The Children's We Day Facebook Page.

Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder called sacral agenesis. His legs were amputated at the age of five. His doctors told him he would never be a functioning member of society. Over the years, West has been redefining his own possible and inspiring thousands of youth around the world to do the same. Made possible by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, West has now taken it one step further - climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro! In doing so, he has raised more than $500,000 and counting for Free The Children, bringing sustainable clean water programming to thousands of Kenyans who last year experienced the region's worst drought in 60 years.

Individuals can visit to donate and support Spencer West's Redefine Possible mission. Special thanks to additional sponsors including Mountain Equipment Co-op, KPMG, and Research In Motion (RIM) for their generosity and support around this initiative.

Quick links to multimedia assets from Mt. Kilimanjaro:

Daily photos of Spencer West's journey up the mountain -

Daily video messages from Spencer West -

Spencer West daily blog stories -

Hi-res video for b-roll is available upon request

About Free The Children

Free The Children is the world's largest network of children helping children through education, with more than one million youth involved in our innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Founded in 1995 by international child rights activist Craig Kielburger, we are a charity and educational partner that believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. Our domestic programs educate, engage and empower hundreds of thousands of youth in North America, the UK and around the world. Our international projects have brought over 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provided clean water, health care and sanitation to one million people around the world. For additional information, please visit

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