Sean Swarner


Doctors gave Sean Swarner two death sentences, but now he’s on top of the world.

The two-time cancer survivor only has one functioning lung, and 15 years after doctors gave him two weeks to live, he climbed the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. 

He talked to Growing Bolder about his latest efforts to scale Alaska’s Mt. McKinley and how he helps other cancer survivors fulfill their dreams through his group, the Cancer Climber Association. 

To read more about Sean’s conquests and to find out how you or someone you love can go to the top of the world with Sean, click here.

Want to meet other Mount Everest explorers? Check out:

Stacy Allison lived to tell the tale of becoming
the first American woman to reach the summit of the world’s highest
mountain but it took her a couple tries to achieve her goal. Click here to find out why Stacy believes mountain climbing is a perfect metaphor for life’s challenges.

— Ken Mitchell

was a linebacker with Atlanta Falcons, a catcher in the California
Angels organization, played basketball in college and raced
motorcycles. But after a lifetime of athletics, he had both knees
replaced. He thought his climbing days were over but his nine kids
convinced him otherwise. Click here to listen to his description of his amazing journey to the top of Mount Everest.

Jeanne Stawiecki
is a former two-pack-a-day smoker who gave up cigarettes to conquer the
world. In 2007, she completed marathons on all seven continents and
reached the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 57. Now she’s listed
in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest woman to climb the
world’s tallest Seven Summits. Click here to find out why she wanted to conquer such a lofty goal.

— Just five years ago, Don Healy was a 60-year-old
couch potato who’d never exercised in his life. Now, he has reached the
top of the world — with an artificial hip. Click here to find out why he never gave up on his dream to look down from the top of the world.