Only .0000003 percent of the population has been able to summit Mount Everest. Sean did it after two life-threatening bouts with cancer, laying in a medically-induced coma for a year and with just one fully-functioning lung. Now, he wants to take on even greater challenges.
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 two weeks to live and read his last rights. He astounded the medical community when he survived this brutal disease not once, but twice. Sean realized that after defeating cancer, 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.
Sean’s latest feat was the nationally televised 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship that he successfully completed in October, 2008. Sean competed in a 2.4 mile ocean swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run.
Next up: Sean has his sights set on trekking to each of the world’s poles. This will designate Sean as the first person ever to complete what will be known as the “Ultimate Adventure 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 The CancerClimber Association, as author of the book Keep Climbing, and as a motivational speaker to corporations, universities, and organizations around the world, encouraging others to climb their own Everest and to make a difference in other lives around the world.
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