Sean Swarner Leads 18th Climb to Kilimanjaro to Memorialize Those Touched by Cancer

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Donate and submit names to be included on annual HOPE flag which remains at summit

CancerClimber Association

“All of us are alive, but not everyone is truly living,” says Sean Swarner, Explorer Grand Slam Achiever, World Ironman Championship Competitor, and lifelong adventurer.

Sean Swarner, 2x cancer survivor, world-record holder, and co-founder of The CancerClimber Association (CCA) will embark on his 18th climb to Mount Kilimanjaro at the end of July with another group of cancer survivors and hikers. Every year, the cohort of CCA climbers will bring a HOPE flag that carries the names of friends and family members who have been touched by cancer. The hikers post the flag at the summit where it remains for thousands of people to see.

The flag is also how you can be a part of the team and a part of the climb. By making a donation you can include the name of a loved one, friend, or anyone you know who has been touched by cancer to this year’s flag, memorializing them forever on the roof of Africa.

To include a name on the flag, you can donate as little as $1. For those who donate $50 or more, their team will send you a signed photo of their team with the flag at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. For those who donate $100 or more, they will receive the inclusion of loved one’s names on the flag, the signed photo, and a copy of the HOPE flag.

“All of us are alive, but not everyone is truly living,” says Sean Swarner, Explorer Grand Slam Achiever, World Ironman Championship Competitor, and lifelong adventurer. “After surviving cancer twice and learning how fleeting our time is on earth, it has been my greatest joy to now give others the hope that kept me - and continues to keep me - fighting because without hope we have nothing."

Donate and submit the names of those you know who were touched by cancer here:

Each year prior to the start of the climb, the team raises money for the following year. The funds cover the cost for a cancer survivor to join their team on the journey to the top. 100% of the funds go to CancerClimber’s Adventure Support Grant (ensuring future survivors this amazing, fully-funded trip of a lifetime!), development of their mobile camp for young adults with cancer, personal visits to patients to inspire HOPE, and inspiring all those touched by cancer to focus on living.

Read about Sean’s journey across the Arctic to reach the North Pole here or follow his trek by watching the documentary, True North: The Sean Swarner Story, available on Amazon Prime. Visit for more.

About CancerClimber Association
Originally founded in 2001 by Sean Swarner and his brother Seth, The CancerClimber Association (CCA) had its sights set on funding cancer research. Today, in addition to supporting research studies, CCA also focuses on hope and giving people the tools needed to overcome cancer with the right attitude and to come out on the other side with a more positive outlook on life. Hope and inspiration is key to the association’s groundwork and foundation. As they continue raising money for the mobile camp, they also have in mind cancer survivor grants. CCA aims to help those touched by cancer by focusing on living an active, healthy lifestyle. To learn more about CancerClimber, the mobile camp, how to get involved, or information on the upcoming trek, please visit us at,, or at

Melissa Lee

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