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Spencer’s Story

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.

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. 

Four years later, Spencer is 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.

Spencer's progress is a direct result of four physical therapy sessions and one hand therapy session per week. These therapies are vital for Spencer to make neurological connections.  

Expenses for rehabiliation, hand therapy, and after school caregivers are not covered by insurance and exceed $50,000 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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Latest Journal Update

"Standing" Ovation

Yesterday afternoon we experienced one of life's magical moments as Spencer's name was announced at graduation. San Dieguito Academy allows each senior in the graduating class to author his or her own introductory remarks. When Counselor Ann Nebolon introduced Spencer, her voice cracked with emotion and she needed a moment before she could continue. By the time she read Spencer's quote ("So long and thanks for all the fish" from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), the whole SDA Class of 2014 was getting to its feet in a burst of spontaneous applause for Spencer as he WALKED up to get his diploma. Then everyone in the bleachers stood up as well--all of the kids, teachers, parents, families and supporters who have been part of our struggles and triumphs for the past four years. The entire stadium took a moment to recognize Spencer's efforts. The applause was thunderous! At one point you can see Spencer trying to waive everyone off, but it didn't stop until Spencer made his way back to his seat. It was amazing. Fortunately, the noise was so loud it covered the sound of me bawling like a baby. 

Thank you to the SDA Class of 2014 for recognizing that Spencer's path to the podium was not the easy one. Thank you to our dear friends Jan and Fred for catching the moment on video. It is a little shaky in the beginning but worth watching if you have some tissues handy. 


We celebrated afterwards with family, friends and food before Spencer went to Grad Nite with the amazing SDA Class of 2014. It was unforgettable. 

Wishing bright and beautiful futures to all of the graduates of 2014. 


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Doan Hohmeyer
By Doan
Spencer made it, and in great style too... not that there was ever any doubt once he set his mind to it. I really enjoyed seeing Spencer and all his peers with enormous smiles on their faces at the conclusion of the ceremonies, so much laughter and joy.

Congratulations to you Spencer on a job well done. And a hearty "well done" to you too Celia, for guiding your son through this early part of his life. All of us have witnessed what the power of a positive "can do" attitude will achieve, especially when that attitude is shared with the entire community. You are both an inspiration to us all. ♥
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Ofie Lattman
By Ofie Lattman
Congratulations to Spencer! An inspiration to us all! 👏😃
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