by Sean Swarner
Meet two-time terminal cancer survivor, Sean Swarner.
His first goal was to crawl 8 feet from the hospital bed to the bathroom.
He went on to climb the highest point on every continent (including Mt. Everest), skied to both the North and South Poles, and completed the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii – all with one lung.
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, where he was given only 3 months and then 14 days to live, respectively. He was in a coma for a year, and lost the function of his right lung. However, Sean astounded the medical community when he survived both these deadly diseases, and realized that after defeating cancer twice, no challenge would ever be too great, no peak too high, and no obstacle too difficult.
Always inspiring, his goal is to take a million people touched by cancer on a flag into space, to change peoples’ perspectives on possibilities, uniting humanity and the globe – shining light in a world of darkness.
Sean says, “2017 was an amazing year, and I’m grateful for the completion of the Explorer’s Grand Slam (highest mountain on every continent and the N and S Poles), and completing something no other person in history has ever accomplished. But it was more than that. What meant most was taking a flag that had thousands of people touched by cancer to the top of the world – the North Pole. The struggles people endure, the hardships people face, but within it all, there remains one common thread…HOPE! Losing hope can easily mean death when you’re fighting for your life, and I want to encourage people battling for survival to never give up.”nancyslist.org