Event on Nov. 17 to help boost cancer research

Founding mayor of Castle Pines launched organization

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Posted 10/30/17

Cancer survivor Sean Swarner will share his story of reaching the top of Mount Everest — with one lung — at the upcoming Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research event Nov. 17.

When he was in his teens, Swarner was diagnosed with two …

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Event on Nov. 17 to help boost cancer research

Founding mayor of Castle Pines launched organization

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Cancer survivor Sean Swarner will share his story of reaching the top of Mount Everest — with one lung — at the upcoming Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research event Nov. 17.

When he was in his teens, Swarner was diagnosed with two near-fatal forms of cancer — an unusual combination of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the unrelated and rarer Askin’s bone cancer. Given three months to live, Swarner survived the first cancer only to be diagnosed with Askin’s three years later, with a prognosis of 14 days to live.

Enduring chemotherapy and radiation treatments so severe that one of his lungs was destroyed, Swarner’s grit and determination astounded not only the medical community but all who heard his story of reaching the summit of Everest.

In addition to summiting Everest with one functioning lung, Swarner has also completed the 7-Summit Tour, which entails climbing the highest mountain peak on each of the seven continents.

“Sean’s inspiring message of hope will resonate with everyone, regardless of what challenges they are going through,” said Maureen Shul, Castle Pines founding mayor. “Not only will it be inspiring to hear Sean’s story, but every dollar raised from this event goes directly toward raising awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research at the CU Cancer Center.”

The Evening of Hope and Inspiration begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Anschutz Medical Campus, 13121 E. 17th Ave., Aurora. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks and silent and live auctions.

Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to raising awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. It was founded in 2012 by Shul after she lost her brother and mother to pancreatic cancer within months of each other.

Earlier this year, Wings of Hope awarded three $50,000 grants to teams of physicians and researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center specifically for pancreatic cancer research projects.

Go to www.wingsofhopepcr.org for more information.

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