Thank you for stopping by. This is an amazing opportunity to help others. While reaching new heights to see a world I have never seen before. A world where challenges are met face to face with hope.
Your support is priceless and very much appreciated.- Michelle
Michelle is a California native and a fourth generation visual artist. She studied graphic arts and ceramics in college before discovering her love for photography. To her, photography is a perfect medium. Michelle enjoys photography that captures the true beauty of our natural world, especially ocean and waterscapes. Michelle has a warm personality and enjoys being creative and artistic while conducting herself in a professional manner.
Michelle is a self-motivated achiever. She sets high goals for herself and works hard to succeed. After losing her Aunt Linda to cancer, and seeing several friends, family and coworkers struggle with the disease, Michelle decided to do something. Michelle participated in the Susan G Komen 3-day 60 mile walk for Breast Cancer, not Once but Three Times! Then, Michelle was in a serious car accident and lost the feeling in her left hand. She worried that she would never regain the full use of her hand. She was in a lot of pain and not able to fully live her life or do the activities, especially photography and scuba-diving that she enjoyed so much.
Michelle decided to take a stand for herself and her own health. She worked with a chiropractor and an acupuncture specialist for a year, and was rewarded by getting the feeling and mobility back in her hand. Now feeling better, Michelle set her sights on finding the next challenge.
Michelle doesn’t have any children of her own yet she has always supported children’s causes, so she did her research to find an organization that combined her two favorite forms of activism: helping children and helping cancer patients. Michelle reached out to Sean after seeing a television program about him. Then, Sean responded and here we are:
Michelle has set her next goal: to join Sean in going to Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in July 2011. She wants to help the kids that are in the same position that Sean was in when he was young. She wants to provide them with some of the fun and joy that all children deserve. And if the past is any indicator, She Will Do It
CANCERCLIMBER ASSOCIATION wrote -
The very name calls to mind images or breath-taking landscaped, endless savannahs, magnificent animals, proud ancestral tribes...and above all, safaris!
Begin your odyssey into the heart of creation as you venture across hundreds of miles of wilderness, let your mind wander millions of years into the past...see untouched earth and wildlife as you can nowhere else... No other experience measures up to an African safari, unless it begins with an expedition up Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Join Sean Swarner and the CancerClimber Association as we experience the magic of a Kilimanjaro expedition before celebrating with a beautiful Serengeti Safari.
The CancerClimber Association had its sights set on funding cancer research. After contemplation and the realization that it takes many many years for donated money to actually support research, CancerClimber decided that it wanted to help people touched by cancer now, not years down the road.
We then focused 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 we continue raising money for the mobile camp, we also have in mind cancer survivor grants. offers hope through inspiration. Our mission is to help those touched by cancer by focusing on living an active, healthy lifestyle.
CCA will serve its mission through inspirational stories, adventure grants, a mobile camp, and personal visits to patients by survivors.
If you're climbing with us, click the JOIN THE TEAM button above and become a fundraiser for the CancerClimber Association today.