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The CancerClimber Association (CCA) offers hope through inspiration. Our mission is to help those touched by cancer by focusing on living an active, healthy lifestyle.
CCA serves it's mission through inspirational stories, adventure grants, a mobile camp, and personal visits to patients by survivors. CCA was founded in 2001 by two-time terminal cancer survivor and elite mountaineer, Sean Swarner and his brother Seth, CCA is headquartered in Breckenridge, Colorado.
CCA helps people touched by cancer now, not years down the road. We focus 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.
The Runners - Sean Swarner and Vanessa Phalen
Sean Swarner was diagnosed with two different and unrelated forms of cancer, once at the age of thirteen and again at the age of sixteen. Despite a prognosis of just fourteen days to live and having been read his last rights, Sean astounded the medical community when he survived both these brutal diseases.Sean realized that after defeating cancer twice, no challenge would ever be too great, no 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, thus completing the “7 summits”.
After having completed 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 to ever complete what will be known as the “Ultimate Adventure Challenge”.
As Sean continues to defy the odds and test his own endurance, he carries his message of healing, hope, and triumph with cancer patients worldwide. Sean also serves as a source of inspiration as the founder of the non-profit organization, The CancerClimber Association, as author of the book “Keep Climbing,” and as a motivational speaker to corporations, universities, and other organizations around the world.
Vanessa Phalen is an avid runner who has successfully completed 2 half-marathons and will run her 1st full marathon in May of this year. In addition she has run numerous 5k and 5 mile races. In October of 2011, Vanessa completed the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which consisted of a 2 day 39.3 mile walk through NYC to support a friend's mother who was battling breast cancer at the time.
She is a 7th grade math teacher at Wallace Elementary School in Hoboken, NJ where she also resides. She enjoys spending time with her husband Brendan and 5 year old daughter Megan. She is excited to run the NYC half marathon in support of Cancer Climber. Like most people, Vanessa has known people affected by cancer and is inspired by the strength with which they fight this awful disease. That determination will be a motivation for her when she is running on March 17th. Vanessa first learned of Sean's story at Westminster College where she was a teammate of his on the swim team.