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With only one functioning lung, a prognosis of fourteen days to live, and being in a medically-induced coma for a year, Sean Swarner is the first cancer survivor to stand on top of the world… Mt. Everest. Sean has broken through defined human limitation in order to redefine the way the world views success.

Sean was diagnosed with two deadly, different, and unrelated forms of cancer, once at the age of thirteen and again at the age of sixteen. After an incredibly poor prognosis, and being read his last rites, Sean astounded the medical community when he survived both these brutal diseases. He realized that after defeating cancer twice, no challenge would ever be too great, no peak too high.

Sean proved his theory when he crested the peak of Mt. Everest. As the first cancer survivor to do so, Sean decided to continue climbing and has since topped the highest peaks in Africa, Europe, South America, Australia, Antarctica, and North America, thus completing the “7-Summits”.

With the completion of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, Sean has his sights on trekking to the Poles at the top and bottom of the world.

As Sean continues to defy the odds, test his own endurance and inspire and motivate people around the world, he shares his message of healing, hope, and triumph with cancer patients worldwide. Sean also serves as a source of inspiration as the founder of the non-profit organization, The CancerClimber Association, as author of the book “Keep Climbing,” and as a motivational speaker to corporations, universities, and other organizations around the globe.

Sean Swarner will continue to Keep Climbing and defy boundaries in order to change the way people think. He has been called the most powerful speaker ever by such companies as IBM, Roche, Amgen, and countless organizations and universities around the globe. He has an uncanny ability to empower people to climb their own Everest in both life and in business. After hearing Sean speak, your life will never be the same.


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    Keep Climbing
    As featured on ESPN, this journey will take you through a dynamic, custom-tailored audiovisual presentation, you will climb with Sean to the top of the 29,035-foot giant that is Mount Everest (surviving hurricane-force winds and crossing crevasses thousands of feet deep on rickety aluminum ladders). You will venture along into the grueling journey of his youth and witness his fight for survival as he overcomes two bouts with cancer. Finally, you will trek with Sean as he takes you along to the highest peaks in Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

    Sean’s story takes you on a journey that is not only inspiring, but offers a message of hope that taps into that motivational adrenaline rush that runs through all of us. Sean reveals a life of limitless possibility as he details the seemingly impossible boundaries he has conquered, battles he has fought, and peaks he has climbed; all motivated by an astonishing inner strength and super-human like physical endurance.  Step into Sean’s world and venture back into your own life believing not only in the durability and strength of the human condition, but you will believe in yourself, your own strength and your own ability to achieve anything.





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    Keep Climbing: How I Beat Cancer and Reached the Top of the World
    The 29,035-foot giant known as Mount Everest tortures its challengers with life-threatening conditions such as 100 mph winds, the dramatic loss of oxygen, snowstorms, and deadly avalanches. Climbers of Everest are faced with incredible dangers, but for Sean Swarner the obstacles he overcame prior to his summiting make his story even more compelling.

    Sean isn′t just a cancer survivor; he is truly a medical marvel. He is the only person in the world ever to have been diagnosed with both Hodgkin′s disease and Askin′s sarcoma. He was diagnosed in the fourth and final stage of Hodgkin′s disease at the age of thirteen, when doctors expected him to live for no more than three months. He overcame his illness only to be stricken a second time when a deadly golf ball-sized tumor attacked his right lung. After removal of the Askin′s tumor, Sean was expected to live for less than two weeks. A decade later and with only partial use of his lungs, Sean became famous for being the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest.

    Sean′s successful summiting of Mount Everest was driven not only by his desire to reach the highest peak in the world but also by his determination to use his accomplishment as a way to bring hope to others facing seemingly insurmountable odds. By showing those affected by cancer how he has conquered some of the most difficult obstacles life could offer, Sean inspires others with the will to live. Living proof that cancer patients can and do recover, his story will encourage those touched by cancer to dream big and never give up. Despite life′s setbacks, Sean believes those dreams are always in reach.

    Sean′s story is not just about illness, heartache, and pain; it′s about something greater. It′s about hope. It′s about helping others and never quitting. It′s about personal battles with the elements and coming out on top of the world . . . literally.
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    Keep Climbing
    As featured on ESPN, this journey will take you through a dynamic, custom-tailored audiovisual presentation, you will climb with Sean to the top of the 29,035-foot giant that is Mount Everest (surviving hurricane-force winds and crossing crevasses thousands of feet deep on rickety aluminum ladders). You will venture along into the grueling journey of his youth and witness his fight for survival as he overcomes two bouts with cancer. Finally, you will trek with Sean as he takes you along to the highest peaks in Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

    Sean’s story takes you on a journey that is not only inspiring, but offers a message of hope that taps into that motivational adrenaline rush that runs through all of us. Sean reveals a life of limitless possibility as he details the seemingly impossible boundaries he has conquered, battles he has fought, and peaks he has climbed; all motivated by an astonishing inner strength and super-human like physical endurance.  Step into Sean’s world and venture back into your own life believing not only in the durability and strength of the human condition, but you will believe in yourself, your own strength and your own ability to achieve anything.



Sean Swarner Introduction