Solana Beach fundraiser to help Cardiff boy recover from snowboarding accident

The Belly Up in Solana Beach will host its charity fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 20, for Spencer Fox, a Cardiff resident and San Dieguito Academy ninth-grader who suffered a spinal cord injury in a snowboarding accident last February.

Fox is the son of Vincent M. Fox of Encinitas and Celia A. Brewer of Cardiff. He was 13 when he crashed his snowboard and was catapulted head first into an icy snow bank. Fox broke his neck at the C4/C5 level and suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury. He became a quadriplegic with no sensation below his chest, able to move only his left forearm and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. Spencer’s initial prognosis was grim.

Fox spent three and a half months in the hospital before returning home last May. After hundreds of hours in rehabilitation therapy, he is making miraculous progress. He can breathe on his own and he has sensation throughout his body. He has some movement in every limb, can propel his own wheelchair and can even wiggle some fingers. He is able to complete homework independently using an iPad. Unbelievably, in therapy Fox is even able to stand on his own two feet and take several unassisted steps.

“Spencer has impressed a lot of people with his recovery to date,” said his mother, who is a single parent to three. “He is tenacious. He is very focused in therapy and is making better progress than we dared to dream. Fortunately, he is also bright and has a great sense of humor. At the end of the day, I believe he understands that while he is spending hours rehabilitating his body, his real future is in his mind.”

Even with health insurance, Fox still has many uninsured injury-related expenses such as his rehabilitation therapy and the costly home care provider costs — expenses which currently total approximately $48,000 a year. He is dependent on his community to help fundraise for some of these uninsured expenses. A fundraising campaign in his honor was established last year with the NTAF Southwest Spinal Cord Injury Fund to help with uninsured injury-related expenses.

NTAF is a nonprofit organization that has been assisting transplant and catastrophic injury patients with fundraising for over 26 years. Donations are tax-deductible and are administered by NTAF for injury-related expenses only. Donations can be made to: “NTAF Southwest Spinal Cord Injury Fund” with a note in the memo section: “In Honor of Spencer Fox.” Mail to: 150 N. Radnor Chester Rd. Suite F-120, Radnor, PA 19087. For credit card donations, please call 800-642-8399 or visit

and enter “SPENCER FOX” in the patient box on the NTAF homepage.

The Feb. 20 fundraiser at Belly Up is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m., and will feature musical talents Combo Libertad and Los Beautiful Beasts. Fox’s uncle, Jake Brewer, will be joining the performance. The event will feature silent and live auctions, opportunity drawings, and the chance to make a tax-deductible donation to the NTAF Southwest Spinal Cord Injury Fund in honor of Spencer Fox.

Spencer’s story has been chronicled by his mother in his CaringBridge blog which can be found at

  1. For more information, contact Celia Brewer: 760-805-5914 or Kaye Hentschke at: 858-692-0885. The Belly Up is located at 143 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach.


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