I 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 my last rights, I survived both these brutal diseases. I realized that after defeating cancer twice, no challenge would ever be too great, no peak too high.
I proved my theory when I crested the peak of the highest point in the world (Mount Everest) with only partial use of my lungs. As the first cancer survivor to do so, I 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, I have set my sites on summiting the “peaks” at the top and bottom of the world. This will designate me as the first person to ever complete what will be known as the “Ultimate Adventure Challenge”.
I want to carry my message of healing, hope, and triumph with cancer patients worldwide. I am 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.
Cancer has shaped me into the person I am today, and I hope that by continuing to challenge myself, others will see that anything is possible with hope.
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