He Beat Terminal Cancer Then Climbed The World's Highest Peaks — With One Lung!
After beating cancer two different times, climbing the world’s tallest mountains was a a cinch in comparison! Sean Swarner has completed the seven summits, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro a dozen times. But his biggest battle wasn’t climbing the mountains—it was cancer.
He was diagnosed at ages 13 and 16. Swarner remembers sitting on the floor of his shower, 60 pounds overweight and losing his hair from cancer treatments, with doctors giving him just two weeks to live. This was his turning point. He’s never given up hope since that day.
Swarner came up with a mantra: “The human condition can sustain itself for roughly three days without water, but no human alive can live for more than 30 seconds without hope.” Swarner has climbed the highest mountain on every continent and was the first cancer survivor to summit Mount Everest. What's even more incredible? He did these treks with one lung!
These days, he’s inspiring other cancer survivors by leading them up the trails to the summit. Swarner founded the Cancer Climber Association to show survivors their is hope. Each year, it grants one cancer survivor the opportunity to climb the tallest mountain on the African continent, with Swarner as the guide.