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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:

Make checks payable to:
HelpHOPELive

Note in memo section:In Honor of Spencer Fox

Mail to:HelpHOPELiveTwo Radnor Corporate Center100 Matsonford Road, Suite 100Radnor, PA 19087

For secure credit card donations: Call 800-642-8399 or go to HelpHOPELive.org, enter Patient Name Spencer Fox, and click the "DONATE NOW" button.

For more information, please contact HelpHOPELive at 800-642-8399.

Thanks for your support!


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Celia Brewer posted a new journal entry, ""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 ... Read more

Celia Brewer added a new photo.

Celia Brewer added a new photo.

Celia Brewer posted a new journal entry, "Pomp and Circumstance".

GraduationSpencer Jacob Fox will be graduating from San Dieguito High School on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 1:30 in the afternoon. All are welcome at the outdoor ceremony; ... Read more

Celia Brewer added a new photo.

Celia Brewer posted a new journal entry, "Fight on!".

By April 1, anxious high school seniors across the country received their college search results. By May 1, students are required to make a decision.Spencer was honored to ... Read more

Celia Brewer added a new photo.

Celia Brewer added a new photo.

Jane signed Spencer's Guestbook.

I continue to be dumbfounded each time I see the progress Spencer has made in such remarkable ways. There is a young man managing that challenging walk with such sureness ... Read more

Glenn Billman signed Spencer's Guestbook.

Hey Spencer, You ROCK! I'm so very happy to see your progress. It is hard for me to believe that you are already heading off to college! Do post and let us mere mortals ... Read more

Celia Brewer posted a new journal entry, "Spring Forward".

What ObstaclesHere is a fifty-four second video clip of Spencer making molehills out of mountains.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOK8r5Qd0SIThis video clip was taken by ... Read more

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