Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated on Spencer's progress as he recovers from a snowboarding accident that left him paralyzed at age thirteen. Visit often to read the latest journal entries and write us a message in our guestbook.
Spencer had a serious snowboarding accident at Brighton, Utah on Monday, February 1, 2010. He suffered a severe spinal cord injury. He broke both his C4 and C5 vertebrae. Spencer was airlifted off of the mountain to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the hospital, Spencer was intubated and put on a ventilator because he was unable to breathe on his own. Spencer could not feel the needles doctors poked him with to check for sensation. He was paralyzed and could move only his left forearm voluntarily. Doctors gave a grim prognosis; Spencer may never breathe on his own, and would likely never recover sensation or movement.
Spencer was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident which likely saved him from brain injury or worse. The accident occurred on a bright sunny day on a "cat track" used between runs and not on a steep or difficult run. A trick of light concealed a bump and by the time Spencer saw the bump it was too late to stop and he caught an edge of the board and was catapulted head first into a rock-hard snowbank. We have been overwhelmed at the generosity, love and support we have received from friends, family and strangers.
Years later, Spencer is proving doctors wrong and making a stupendous recovery. He has sensation and movement in almost every part of his body, he can write with his left hand, push his own wheelchair, stand and take unassisted steps. He works harder than most athletes to recover what many people take for granted: mobility and independence. He is now going to college at USC on a Swim With Mike scholarship and studying chemical engineering, a dream come true.
Spencer's progress is a direct result of the four physical therapy sessions and one hand therapy session per week he had for the first four years after the accident. At college, his therapy has been reduced to two long sessions per week. These therapies are vital for Spencer to make neurological connections and continued progress towards independent living.
Expenses for rehabilitation, hand therapy, and medical equipment are not covered by insurance and exceed $20,000 a year. Spencer raises funds from the community through HelpHOPELive, in part because HelpHOPELive provides both tax-deductibility and fiscal accountability to contributors. Contributors can be sure that funds contributed will be used only to pay or reimburse medically-related expenses. To make a contribution to Spencer's fundraising campaign:
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