Sean Swarner, the guy who survived 2 major cancer attacks, after doctors gave him a deadline of 14 days to live
He has been voted as one of the world’s top 8 inspiring people of all time. He is the recipient of the ‘Don’t Ever Give Up Award‘ presented by the Jimmy V Foundation and ESPN in 2007. Doctors gave up hope about his survival but he overcome death twice, which is not less than a miracle. He is none other than Sean Swarner, the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest. This is the ultimate survival story mankind has ever known.
Sean isn’t just a cancer survivor; he is the only person in the world ever to have been diagnosed with both Hodgkin’s disease and Askin’s sarcoma. At the age of 13, when Sean was diagnosed in the fourth and final stage of Hodgkin’s disease, doctors expected him to live for not more than three months, yet he survived but he was stricken again for a second time when a deadly golf ball-sized tumour attacked his right lung. After removal of the Askin’s tumor, Sean was expected to live for less than 2 weeks and he was in coma for a year. But to everyone’s astonishment, a decade later and with only one fully functioning lung, Sean became famous for being the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest, proving to others that nothing is impossible when determination is strong enough.
He was graduated from Willard High School in Willard, Ohio, in 1993, and Westminster College in 1997. After climbing Everest, Sean decided to continue climbing and since topped the highest peaks in Africa, Europe, South America, Australia, Antarctica and North America, thus completing the ‘7-Summits’. On October 11, 2008, Sean completed the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona. Sean established his own foundation ‘The Cancer Climber Association‘ which promotes cancer awareness and helps to raise money for cancer research. He also authored his book ‘Keep climbing’, which recounts his journey of overcoming death twice and climbing Mount Everest.
A brief snap-shot of Sean Swarner’s life :
- A medical marvel, Sean Swarner is the only person in the world ever to have been diagnosed with both Hodgkin’s disease and Askin’s sarcoma
- Was detected with advanced stage of cancer when he was 13 years old
- Survived twice, when doctors gave up hope and after his second cancer he was given 2 weeks deadline to live
- Has only one functional lung, was in coma for one year
- Sean became the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest and that too with one fully functioning lung
- Sean has also completed ‘7-Summits’, by climbing the highest peaks in Africa, Europe, South America, Australia, Antarctica and North America
- Recipient of the ‘Don’t Ever Give Up Award’
- Author of the book ‘Keep climbing’ and a motivational speaker
- Voted as one of the world’s top 8 inspiring people of all time
There are millions of people, who have probably survived cancer. But it is not less than a miracle to survive twice when there was totally no hope of survival and later, making one’s way to climb the highest peak in the world. Sean Swarner made it all happen after overcoming every odd of life. Sean has not only broken the defined human limitations, but he has redefined the way the world views success, inspiring the people across the globe to challenge the challenges of life.