DENVER — Just weeks after a Denver man fell to his death off a balcony, his mother says the “freak accident” tragedy has brought a small amount of good through donations to something her son loved: the theater.
“He was a big personality in the world,” Kathryn Keller said about her son, 29-year-old Spencer Wedum.
Spencer was at a Halloween party this past October at a Capitol Hill apartment in Denver. He was sitting on the balcony when tragedy struck.
“He scooted his chair back and the legs of the chair fell between the floor and the backing of the balcony. And the back collapsed and he fell,” she said.
Wedum fell three stories. He never regained consciousness.
Denver Police say the case is still being investigated, but it appears to be a non-criminal death.
“The detective said it was just a tragic accident,” his mom told Denver7. “I had two beautiful children and now I have one.”
He’s now remembered in pictures his mother keeps around his childhood home, along with the patch and button covered jean jacket he was known for. But that’s not the only way he's being remembered.
“The family would like Curious to be a beneficiary in terms of donations made in honor of - in memory of (Wedum),” Curious Theatre Company founder Chip Walton said.
Spencer and his mother attended performances at the Theatre Company on Acoma Street in Denver almost every month. When he died, his family asked for donations to go to a place he loved.
“I’m really honored to be able to have Spencer’s legacy live on here,” Walton said.
The nonprofit theater has received more than $5,000 in donations, and are still accepting more. They have plans to build flower planters near the entrance to the theater, complete with a name plate in honor of their dedicated supporter.
The hope is that honoring Wedum’s life and legacy can help alleviate some of the pain from his tragic death.
“I’m happy that they will continue their incredible work because of him,” Wedum's mom said.
On top of the theater donations, Wedum’s family has also directed donations in his name to his favorite animal rescue and his boarding school in New York.
Wedum’s mom also tells Denver7 her son was an organ donor, and that his heart valves, corneas, skin, and bone have all be donated to help others.
If you would like to donate to the Curious Theatre in memory of Spencer Wedum, you can do so at www.coloradogives.org/curioustheatrecompany .