Two-time cancer survivor Sean Swarner is living proof of triumph against all odds. At age 13, Sean was diagnosed with life-threatening Advanced Stage IV Hodgkin's Disease. His prognosis was critical, and doctors did not expect him to live more than three months. Yet treatment after treatment, Sean improved. His family felt his turnaround was nothing short of a miracle - until the unimaginable happened. Two years later, at age 15, doctors found a cancerous tumor in Sean's chest wall. It was Askin's Sarcoma, another, entirely different and potentially fatal form of cancer. This time, doctors gave him only two weeks.
Nearly 15 years later, and with only partial use of his lungs, Sean stood at the summit of Mt. Everest with those memories fresh in his mind. He is the first cancer survivor to climb the world's highest mountain, and has since conquered Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Vinson Massif, Kosciusko, and Denali/Mt. McKinley (highest peaks in Africa, Europe, South America, Antarctica, Australia, and North America). To most, this feat may have seemed impossible, but Sean...
"In the past we have had visitors ranging from Olympic Gold Medalists to NFL players. Athletes travel from all over the country to attend camp for a day and speak to our campers. After the week was over, it was unanimously decided that Sean was the most compelling, motivating and inspirational speaker that our staff and our campers had ever seen."
First Descents Kayak Camp (Summer camp for those battling cancer),
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