Presented by The Aspen Times & Aspen Valley Hospital
The Longevity Project Events
Live and Virtual
Sept. 29 at 4 p.m.
and Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.
The Longevity Project is a four-part editorial series combined with two virtual events that celebrate living a long, healthy life.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER VIRTUAL EVENT
DATE : Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 6pm
The featured speaker is cancer survivor and adventurer Sean Swarner. With only one functioning lung, a prognosis of fourteen days to live, and being in a medically-induced coma for a year, Sean Swarner is the first cancer survivor to stand on top of the world — Mount Everest. 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.”Click Here for Full Bio
VIRTUAL PANEL PRESENTATION
We’ll also talk with other Colorado mountain town locals who refused to give up.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 | 4 P.M.
Noah ElliottNoah Elliott learned about Paralympic snowboarding through attending a camp in Steamboat Springs for children with cancer. At age 17, he had his left leg amputated above the knee to pursue sports again. As a Paralympian, he won a gold and bronze medal in snowboarding. He now serves as program outreach director at STARS – Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports.
Dash Doung WongDash Doung Wong is a former Navy SpecOps for more than a decade but had to take a medical discharge when he had a lung removed because of cancer. And this spring he survived a serious fight with COVID with only one lung. A cancer survivor living in Aspen, he is the host of Kill Cliff VanaVlog ( Veterans Transition Series), an entrepreneur and outdoors enthusiast. He reinvented himself through veteran causes and landed with Kill Cliff recovery/CBD drinks, which is operated by vets.
Nick IsenbergNick Isenberg is a journalist who is legally blind and partially deaf, but the experienced reporter living in the Roaring Fork Valley continues to produce news stories and documentaries. His radio series “The Tactile Traveler” empowers blind and low-vision people to explore the world. It’s been named the best small and medium market community service program by the Colorado Broadcasters Association and has received the Edward R. Murrow Award for the best small market podcast for Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico so far.
Kailyn ForsbergKailyn Forsberg of Eagle was a rising young freeskier whose life was drastically altered during a warmup run for the slopestyle nationals at Copper Mountain. She over-rotated on a standard backflip — which she’d performed hundreds of times — and landed on her neck and back, instantly losing feeling in her lower extremities from a complete C7 spinal cord injury. In the years since, Forsberg has fought to recover as much as medically possible from her injury while also working as a safety advocate in the action-sports community.
“No matter who you are, you experience an ‘I can’t’ moment in your life,” Paralympic snowboarder Noah Elliott said. “Although it’s hard to see, those ‘I can’t’ moments are the moments that define you as a person and define your next chapter.”