Spencer Fox's Journal
CELIA'S LIST: Giving Back and Giving Thanks
Written Nov 27, 2013 2:18pmMojo: The Best Dog Ever
Spencer suffered a deep and painful loss this week when his loyal and beloved service dog Mojo died unexpectedly. Mojo woke in distress and despite immediate veterinary attention could not be saved. The vet speculated it was likely a congenital heart defect. The entire family is devastated and the loss is much harder on Spencer. Mojo lived his life at Spencer's side...now there is a gigantic empty space. Mojo was Spencer's boon companion through some of his darkest times; he should have accompanied Spencer through college and beyond. Mojo was a fabulous, smart, beautiful and talented dog; he was irrepressibly happy all of the time. We are reeling from the loss, but grateful for the time we had with Mojo and for all he did for Spencer. Spencer will miss him keenly; we all will.Giving TuesdayThere is a national effort underway to add a new day to the calendar, Giving Tuesday. The second annual Giving Tuesday is next week on December 3. It is a great opportunity to raise funds and awareness for causes and it is perfectly timed for year-end tax planning.Many of you donate to large, well-known charities and they do not need my help. However, I wanted to promote small organizations that help individuals and families like us directly, so I came up with CELIA'S LIST. The non-profits included have helped our family and our friends. I can vouch for all of these organizations; they are run by dedicated, selfless and impressive people. It is hard to express how much community support and service mean when you need it. Spencer would not be where he is now without the donors and volunteers who have helped him along the way.I hope you will consider CELIA'S LIST. Every donation of $10, $25 or even more to each organization helps tremendously and has tangible benefits for individuals in need.
I believe you will get back more than you give by participating in Giving Tuesday. I am hopeful that someday Giving Tuesday will eclipse Black Friday in our national consciousness.HelpHOPELive in Honor of Spencer FoxOf course, Spencer's cause tops my list and HelpHOPELive will be waiving all credit card fees for on-line donations made on December 3, 2013, plus the added benefit of a tax deduction. Most important, you can help a deserving young man with medical and financial needs in his quest for independence. Spencer will need rehabilitation, assistance and additional medical equipment to go to college. You can donate by sending a check made out to HelpHOPELive with IN HONOR OF SPENCER FOX in the memo section to: Two Radnor Corporate Center, 100 Matsonford Road, Ste. 100, Radnor, PA, 19087. Click on the link below or go to HelpHOPELive.org and enter Patient Name Spencer Fox. https://m.helphopelive.org/find-a-patient/profile/index.cfm/patient/87E88643-A642-5282-4676EC27D3E3CD8B/Swim With MikeThis incredible organization has raised over $13 million in scholarship funds for physically challenged athletes. SWM recognizes that education leads to independence and that getting back into education is getting back into life. This program started at USC and continues to grow. Three of our friends are current scholarship recipients. Spencer will be submitting his application for consideration soon. Donate on line here and make sure credit goes to the SAN DIEGO section: http://swimwithmike.org/.Surf Dog RicochetThe remarkable Judy Fridono discovered Surf Dog Ricochet's talent for surfing and combined it with her own passion for helping others. She has raised over $300,000 and awareness of many, many causes. She has donated every single penny of the money she has raised to benefit children, veterans and animals in need. Judy is amazing and humble; I am honored to call her friend. Judy's organization is a 501(c)(3). Donations can be made through the website http://www.surfdogricochet.com/or by sending a check to Puppy Prodigies, 306-N West El Norte, #21, Escondido, CA 92026.Peach's Neet FeetYoung Madison Peach Steiner is the most impressive ambassador for kindness that I know. She started an organization that brings hope to warrior kids fighting cancer and kids living with disabilities. Peach's Neet feet delivers custom, hand-painted tennis shoes to children living with disabilities and fighting serious illness. She has started a national network with hundreds of people donating shoes, time, talent and money to empower and recognize the kids who need it most. Tax deductible contributions may be made on the website: https://peachsneetfeet.com.Ocean Healing GroupCarving the "Dis" out of "Disability" Ocean Healing Group takes wheelchair bound youngsters on a life-changing adaptive sports adventure in Costa Rica. We participated in this program in 2011 and Spencer was able go surfing, quad riding and zip lining. It helped Spencer redefine himself at a critical time after his injury. Now he is unstoppable. Tax deductible contributions can be made on-line at http://oceanhealinggroup.org/.Tender Loving CaninesSpencer's noble service dog Mojo was raised and trained by Tender Loving Canines to meet Spencer's exact needs and lifestyle. TLC transforms the lives of individuals with service dogs, each one carefully matched based on personality and needs. Dog and client training lasts throughout the life of the dog. Mojo forever changed our lives for the better. Donations can be made on the website: http://www.tenderlovingcanines.org/
The world can be a better and more caring place if each and every one of us decides to make it so.
Be grateful and enjoy time with your family, friends and pets this holiday.
Written Oct 26, 2013 10:55pmYou have followed Spencer since the beginning. You have heard me talk about Spencer's progress. Many times I have said it would not be possible without your support. Here is proof. I want to show you what a difference you have made...from a diagnosis of ventilator dependent quadriplegic to a confident and college bound young man. Kudos to Spencer. And thank you, each and every one of you. It is not possible for Spencer to walk like this all of the time, but it is thanks to you that he can walk like this some of the time. Moreover, he has confidence, hope and belief in his future. What a gift!
Spencer's 17th Birthday
Written Oct 20, 2013 9:01amHappy 17th Birthday to my son Spencer!Spencer arrived in the world 17 years ago today. It was a joyous event and the fun has not stopped since. Spencer is pictured here celebrating with three of his great friends: Ty, Aaron and Jacob.When I reflect back on the last seventeen years, I can't help but marvel at Spencer's innate strength. Spencer has always been active, bright, funny and full of curiosity. Then his accident and spinal cord injury forced him to deal with devastating circumstances beyond most of our imaginations. And Spencer is emerging triumphant.At age 13, Spencer faced a diagnosis of lifetime paralysis with more courage than ten men. And he immediately resolved to beat the odds. He started with no feeling and no movement. He was fortunate to be afforded six rehabilitation sessions a week for the past three and a half years and he took advantage of every session. He missed out on time with friends and after school activities, enduring solitude, fatigue and sometimes pain to recover each movement, but he did it with superhuman resolve. And he did it while maintaining a full course load and racking up an impressive GPA. Now, he has sensation, movement and more function than anyone dared hope. He can walk short distances and sometimes leaves his wheelchair behind. He drives a car and thrives on his independence. He is confidently applying to colleges, ready to strike out on his own. Every single task takes Spencer extra time, thought and a toll on his body. Yet despite it all, or because of it all, Spencer has a great perspective on life, a wonderful sense of humor and lifelong friends.Spencer and his friends are at such an exciting juncture in their lives; their conversation is all about where they will go to college and what they will study. The future does not look exactly the same as it did before Spencer's accident, but I am thrilled and grateful that thanks to the support of our community and Spencer's relentless efforts, Spencer is part of the excitement. He is looking at a bright and promising future. I am a very proud mom.Come to Project Walk next week for a chance to see Spencer and others in action at the 9th annual Steps to Recovery fundraiser on October 26 from 12-4 at 5850 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008. It is unlike any other fund raising event. People who were told they would never move or walk again defy the odds. You will see grit, courage and determination personified.Thank you for supporting AB 714 to fund paralysis research. Unfortunately, Governor Brown vetoed the bill. In my opinion, his veto reflected a lack of leadership and vision; the bill would have brought far more in jobs and federal funds to our state than the nominal $1 million cost, not to mention increased knowledge and the potential to end suffering. But we will be back! I know Roman Reed will not give up and neither will I.Celebrate today!