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Sean Swarner

Sean Swarner

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Two-time cancer survivor, author of the book "Keep climbing" and the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest

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Keynote speaker Sean Swarner was the first cancer survivor to summit Mt. Everest. Sean has broken through defined human limitation in order to redefine the way the world views success.

Cancer Survivor, Climber, Speaker, Author

Sean was diagnosed with two completely different types of cancer, once at the age of 13 and again at the age of 16 where he was given fourteen days to live and read his last rights. He astounded the medical community when he survived both these brutal diseases and a medical-induced coma. Sean realized that after defeating cancer twice, no challenge would ever be too great or any peak too high.

Sean proved his theory when he crested the peak of the highest point in the world (Mount Everest) with only partial use of his lungs. 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.

With his next feat looming in the foreground (completing the 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship in October), Sean has his sites set on summiting the “peaks” at the top and bottom of the world. This will designate Sean as the first person ever to complete what will be known as the “Ultimate Grand Slam”.

As Sean continues to defy the odds and test his own personal endurance, he continues his dedication toward his mission of sharing his message of healing, hope, and triumph with cancer patients worldwide. Sean also serves as a source of inspiration as the founder of his non-profit organization CancerClimber, as author of the book “Keep Climbing,” and as a motivational speaker to corporations, universities, and other groups around the world.

Sean Swarner will continue to Keep Climbing and defying boundaries in order to change the way the world views success, in order to bring hope, and in order to become even greater than even he, himself can define so that others can find the hope and inspiration to write their own success story.

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    Keynote by Speaker Sean Swarner

    “Keep Climbing”

    As featured on ESPN, this journey will take you through a dynamic, custom-tailored audiovisual presentation, you will climb with Sean to the top of the 29,035-foot giant that is Mount Everest (surviving hurricane-force winds and crossing crevasses thousands of feet deep on rickety aluminum ladders). You will venture along into the grueling journey of his youth and witness his fight for survival as he overcomes two bouts with cancer. Finally, you will trek with Sean as he takes you along to the highest peaks in Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

    Sean’s story takes you on a journey that is not only inspiring, but offers a message of hope that taps into that motivational adrenaline rush that runs through all of us. Sean reveals a life of limitless possibility as he details the seemingly impossible boundaries he has conquered, battles he has fought, and peaks he has climbed; all motivated by an astonishing inner strength and super-human like physical endurance.  Step into Sean’s world and venture back into your own life believing not only in the durability and strength of the human condition, but you will believe in yourself, your own strength and your own ability to achieve anything.

    • Two-time cancer survivor
    • First Cancer Survivor to climb the 7-Summits
    • Author of the book Keep Climbing
    • International Motivational Speaker
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Sean Swarner: Blew Our Minds At CancerCon 2018

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10.15.2014

Interview with Sean Swarner

What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?  

I’m different than most speakers. I don’t “do” anything for anyone. My goal is one of two things… to motivate you to inspire yourself, or inspire you to motivate yourself.  True motivation, true desire must come from within and be self-motivated to last. I am the catalyst to make that change and desire happen. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received emails from people saying I changed their lives… for the better of course!

How do you prepare for speaking engagements?

I meet the people involved, get a good feeling for who they are, know them on a personal level, get as involved as I can with the event and even participate personally with what they have happening.

How did you come up with your motto “keep climbing”?  

Keep Climbing!! is a motto I’ve had for a very long time. It’s obviously my mantra while climbing the physical mountains, but it’s also a figurative encouragement for everyone else. Everyone on earth has difficulties they must overcome… mountains they must climb. The only way to achieve what you desire is to continue forward, to continue upwards. Often times people have to back off a little, but in doing so, they re-group, attack stronger and become successful. Those who achieve their goals are the ones who Keep Climbing!!

Who or what inspires you?  

Everyone touched by cancer is my personal inspiration. Nearly everyone in the world knows someone battling the disease. I also get my motivation from people going through daily difficulties. If they can do what they’re doing, I can too.

How are your keynote presentations unique?  

Do you know of another first cancer survivor to summit Everest? Another 2-time survivor to climb the highest mountain on every continent (7-summits)? Another person with one lung to compete and finish the Hawaii Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 run)? How about those people being the same person? There’s one person in the world who’s accomplished what I’ve been able to. Most speakers use others’ (I’ve been a key ingredient in many many other speaker’s talks) stories and are great speakers. I AM that person and I’ve been told I’m a great speaker. It’s everything all in one package!

What is your biggest passion?  

Helping others accomplish their goals.  I don’t care about the money… I honestly want to help others.

What types of audiences gain the most from your motivational talks? 

I’ve been told I have changed lives before, and have actually been told I SAVED lives because of the turmoil they have been going through.  That hit me hard.  Obviously those in the cancer industry are emotional talks, but every single presentation I give, I speak from the heart, and every single presentation is different… tailored for that exact audience.  Everyone I’ve spoken to has always wanted extra time for a meet and greet as well.

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