Meet Spencer West, the legless Toronto man who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro
Toronto’s Spencer West, whose legs were amputated below the pelvis when he was five years old due to a genetic disorder, did what few people have done earlier this week when he climbed to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. A public speaker with Free the Children, he began his journey on June 12 with two friends and a team of guides and porters. The 31-year-old, spent over a year with a personal trainer in preparation for the climb, which has raised over $500,000 to create clean water programs in Kenya — still shy of the $750,000 goal. The National Post’s Jake Edmiston spoke with Mr. West on the phone from Moshi, Tanzania, at the base of Kilimanjaro.

Spencer West was born with a genetic disease that prevented the muscles in his legs from working, and at the age of five they were removed just below his pelvis so he could get around better.

The doctors said he would never sit up, walk or be a functioning member of society. But he and his family refused to accept that. Instead, they set out to redefine what was possible. 

Redefine Possible charts his amazing story of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania…


It has been my dream to go to We Day for so long and I’m so grateful that I had the chance to not only attend but also to volunteer at the first ever We Day UK yesterday! I got to see so many inspirational people and hear their stories such as Malala, Spencer West, Molly Burke, Evanna Lynch, Shay Mitchell, Prince Harry and of course the founder of Free The Children, Craig Kielburger. I spent the morning welcoming guests into the building (and I got to stand at the red carpet whilst pretending not to freak out!!) and then I was able to watch the show and it was so much fun!!!! And I got to do it all with Lauren, one of my friends who I met on a volunteer trip to South Africa last summer. I feel so lucky to have been a part of this amazing event. I had the best time ever and I can’t wait for We Day 2015!

April 2013

Toronto, Ontario

Can’t is a word that doesn’t exist for Spencer West. He climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro alongside his best friends, David and Alex…on his hands. He is the epitome of will and optimism, and uses his story to inspire others around the world.

Spencer now works for Free the Children and just completed an 11 day walk across Canada. The 300 km trek took him from Edmonton to Calgary, to bring awareness to the lengths people around the world walk for water.

I was lucky enough to spend a few days with Spencer to tell his story. You can find out more about his work here.



  • Could Be Me
  • Forever Until Tomorrow
  • American Dream
  • Classic
  • Thank You

Spencer West Appearance

Christina Perri:

  • Jar of Hearts
  • Arms
  • Shot Me in the Heart
  • Be My Forever
  • A Thousand Years
  • Burning Gold
  • Human
  • I Believe

Demi Lovato:

  • Really Don’t Care
  • The Middle
  • Firestarter
  • Remember December
  • Heart Attack
  • Made in the USA (dedicated to couple who got engaged on stage)
  • My Love Is Like A Star
  • Don’t Forget/Catch Me
  • Here We Go Again (Shazam Winner Choice)
  • Let It Go
  • Warrior
  • Two Pieces
  • Thriller (Michael Jackson Cover)
  • Got Dynamite
  • Nightingale
  • Skyscraper
  • Give Your Heart A Break
  • Neon Lights (Encore)

Please let me know if there are any mistakes so I can fix them!