What is the Spenser Somers Foundation?

The Spenser Somers Foundation was established on November 9, 2000, exactly ten years to the day that our friend Spenser left this world. Spenser's life was shortened by Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET), a rare form of cancer. He was 18 years old when he died, yet in that short time Spenser touched many with his wisdom, humor and spirituality. In honor of his life and of his ever-present spirit, a group of Spenser's high school classmates started the Spenser Somers Foundation.

The Goal

The goal of our Foundation is to raise $50,000 to continue Spenser’s legacy at the new Ronald McDonald House inside of Children’s Hospital-Minneapolis, by naming one of the guestrooms in his honor. The second Ronald McDonald House will open in November 2010 and provide a home-away-from-home for families that have children in critical care settings. There will be a hospitality center and 16 guestrooms. We are committed to providing a room in Spenser Somers’ name and being a part of welcoming families that will need emergency accommodations.


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