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'Miracle' mountain climber to tell all

By  Unsigned,   Friday, 07 March 2008

A public affairs television programme in the US is to feature a two-time cancer survivor who has climbed the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.

The half-hour Sharing Miracles show will tell the story of Sean Swarner, who is believed to be the only person in the US to have been diagnosed with both Hodgkin's and Askin's sarcoma.

Despite only having one lung, he has climbed the highest peaks on the planet, including Mount Everest in 2002 and Mount McKinley in 2007.

"The human body can live for 30 days without food, the human condition can sustain itself for three days without water, but no human can live for 30 seconds without hope," Mr Swarner told the show.

Every time he reaches the top of a mountain he plants a flag that reads, 'Dedicated to all those affected by cancer in this small world. Keep climbing'.

Mr Swarner, who is the first cancer survivor to climb the world's highest mountain, has also conquered Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Vinson Massif, Kosciusko and Mount McKinley.