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At the time, it seemed a pretty lofty goal; to climb out of the hospital bed and crawl eight feet to the bathroom. A simple task by most standards, but not when you have life-ending cancer.
Compare that moment to being just eight feet from the summit of Mount Everest. In contrast, the eight feet to the bathroom was probably more difficult when your body is not up to the task.
It’s all relative now, isn’t it?
At just thirteen years old, Sean Swarner was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and given weeks to live.
At sixteen years old, Sean was diagnosed again with cancer, this time it was Askin’s sarcoma, one of the deadliest forms of cancer, and was given fourteen days to live.
“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.”
Every year, Sean gives a cancer survivor hope – as a guide and positive companion to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. “Taking people up Kilimanjaro, I see a transformation, it gives them the tools to say, ‘Hey if I can conquer that mountain, I can do anything.” Swarner shines a light for other cancer survivors through his foundation, the Cancer Climber Association.
I first wrote about Sean Swarner a few years back when I first started blogging about some of the coolest people on the planet. That first story on the Brink of Greatness is entitled, Sean Swarner Goes From Cancer to Seven Summits.
The Book: Keep Climbing: How I Beat Cancer and Reached the Top of the World
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