Meet Sean.

His first goal was to crawl 8 feet from the hospital bed to the bathroom. He went on to Redefine Impossible by climbing 29,035 feet to the top of Mt. Everest with one lung! From there he stood atop the highest point on all 7 continents, skied to the South and North Poles, and completed the Hawaii Ironman. Sean has been interviewed by Steve Harvey, CBS Evening News, Fox & Friends, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Huffington Post, Outside the Lines, Sports Center, Washington Post, USA Today, Sports Center, and countless others. His numerous articles with thought leaders such as Sir Richard Branson and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu put him in a category by himself.

The first cancer survivor to stand on the top of the world!

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”. Upon skiing to both the South and the North Poles, Sean completed the Explorer’s Grand Slam.

With the completion of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, Sean is the only person in history to accomplish these inhuman feats.

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.

Awards | Honors

  • American Lung Association Inspiration Award
  • Breckenridge Film Festival Award of Excellence
  • Cancer Survivors Hall of Fame
  • City of Willard, OH Key to the City
  • Climbing Magazine 2007 Golden Piton Award
  • Commune Di Leffe Recognition
  • County Commissioners and Governors of Ohio, Award of Excellence
  • Duke University Content of our Character Award
  • ESPN “Never Give up Award”
  • George Washington University (Cancer Institute) “Spirit of Life Award” w/Desmond Tutu
  • Gran Gala Della Montagna E Della Solidarieta
  • Honorary Mark Udall House of Representative Honor
  • Honorary Member, Italian Alpine Club
  • Johnnie Walker, “Keep on Walking” Foundation Grant Recipient
  • Peabody Honorary Duck Master
  • Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award
  • Senator Wayne Allard to Congress Recognition
  • State of Ohio “Sean Swarner Recognition Day”
  • Westminster College Young Alumni Award

Titles | Achievements

  • *2-Time Cancer Survivor
  • *1st Cancer Survivor to Summit Mount Everest
  • *1st Cancer Survivor to Complete the 7-Summits
  • *Hawaii Ironman Finisher
  • Author of “Keep Climbing: How I Beat Cancer and Reached the Top of the World” Internationally-Renowned
  • Inspirational and Motivational Speaker
  • President of Swarner Expeditions, LLC.
  • Co-Founder of the CancerClimber Association
  • Mountaineer/Climber
  • Endurance and Marathon Runner
  • Grand Traverse Competitor
  • South and North Poles

*Only person in the world to have gone through and accomplished this.