|January 21, 2013 - Emily Jean Thielke, a 29 year old woman battling chronic myeloid leukemia from Dayton, MN.
|January 8, 2013 - Monica Contreras, a 29 year old battling breast cancer from Neenah, WI.|
|December 15, 2012 - Meet Katelyn Ruckman, a 20 year old sweetheart battling Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia from Mansfield, Ohio. Her mother contacted us to let us know that Katelyn really needs our help - her vehicle is beyond repair, utility bills are high, and all extra help is coming from her mother. So we sent her some of the funds many of you have graciously donated to hopefully make things a little bit easier for them. We wish her the very best will keep you posted on her progress. Go Katelyn! Check out a video of her here!|
|December 30, 2012 - Meet Katelyn Crowe (Moss), a 22 year old Psychiatric Nurses Aide from Virigina battling Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. We received the following message: "During February my husband and I have to move out of our apartment because I'm physically having so much trouble getting in and out of it. There is 21 stairs to get into it and out of it and I also have to park a good ways away because the parking lot fills up so fast. I physically cannot do the stairs anymore with my leukemia I have just become too weak some days. We have found another place that is perfect and we can move in at the end of February, the only issue is that we can't pay the deposit until we get our tax refund money back which will more then likely be in March (that's when we have gotten it back the past several years)." Well we took care of that security deposit and a little more! Kick that cancer's butt Katelyn!!
|October 4, 2012 - We recently received the message from Daniel Rager in New York, that his 30 year old wife Jessica discovered she had leukemia the same day her twin boy and girl were born last year. She has been battling since and it has been a struggle. This past week L.I.F.E. sent them some of the funds we have fundraised to maybe help make their lives just a little bit easier. Click here to read their story.|
|Tuesday May 29, 2012 - On May 29th, Lynn Radocha, the mother of 22 year old Shawn Radocha from Weyer's Cave, Virginia contacted L.I.F.E. for help. After being diagnosed in January 2011, Shawn's leukemia has returned for the third time. After receiving treatment in his home state at a hospital in Virginia, they indicated they couldn't go through with the transplant due to a fungal infection in his lung and he needed to seek another hospital. He was scheduled to undergo a BMT in the beginning of June if his bone marrow shows no sign of Leukemia. L.I.F.E. sent them funding to help pay for insurance co-pays, medication, and transportation to and from Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in NYC.|
Saturday, May 12, 2012 - L.I.F.E. sent hugs to D'Ann Buck, a 22 year old college student recently broke her back due to a cancerous tumor. On January 7, 2012, a spinal fusion surgery using 2 titanium rods and 8 screws was performed. On January 16, 2012, D’Ann was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Cancer (Blood Cancer) which is very rare in a young adult. Putting her life on hold to fight this cancer, she has started radiation treatments, then will need chemotherapy along with a bone marrow transplant or stem cell treatment. This has been a devastating time for her and her family after losing their sole income to a barn fire in November. The McLean Family came to her benefit and donated a large sum of money on behalf of L.I.F.E. to help her with medical costs.
|Monday, October 24, 2011 Eric and Mike met with Dr. James Shull and Dr. Jing Zhang of the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research and donated $10,000 towards a leukemia research study on behalf of L.I.F.E. They received a super cool tour of the building, and Dr. Zhang invited them to attend her Oncology 703 course which they did! Click here to read the full article|
|December 11, 2010 - Today was a big day for L.I.F.E. Eric attended the Celebration of Life party at the Bone Marrrow Transplant Unit at Froedtert Hopsital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the party, on behalf of the L.I.F.E. organization, he presented the Unit with a brand new stationary recumbent bicycle, some puzzles/games, and an additional $500 to be used for the patients in the unit. Click here to view more photos.|
|Matthew "Ross" Mongin of Hartland, surrounded by his family, passed away from brain cancer on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 36. Ross will be sadly missed by the love of his life, his wife, Jennifer, whom he married on August 25, 2001; his children, Andrew, Kaitlin and Madeleine. L.I.F.E. gave $500 to his family to help pay for his final hospital bills. Our hearts are with them during this difficult time.|
|In 2010 Eric's older brother Mike took 3rd place in the Janus Charity Challenge at the Ironman Wisconsin 2010 and received an additional $6,000 towards L.I.F.E. for his efforts. Eric's story was highlighted as the focus charity story and was broadcast over statewide television.|
|Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - over $35,000 has been donated over the years by L.I.F.E. to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Mike's efforts in the Ironman.|
|American Cancer Society - LIFE has set up a fundraising tent at Relay for Life in Two Rivers, WI and has made a presence at others around the state.
Click below to watch Eric's Relay for Life speeches:
|UW Hospital & Clinics - Over 120 volunteer hours were donated by Eric's older brother Mike at the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in Madison, WI to support adult inpatients and nursing staff.|
|Scenic Lakeshore 150 - In 2004 the McLean Family set out to ride in the LLS Scenic Lakeshore 150 from Milwaukee to Door County and raised nearly $1,000 for research and patient care in the process.|
|MACC Fund - In 2005 the McLean Family set out to participate in this charity bicycle ride near Milwaukee, WI and were greeted by Tour de France Champion Greg Le Mond! Together they again raised nearly $1,000 for research and patient care.|
|Mama Goose 5k - http://mamagooserun.com/ - L.I.F.E. has helped to keep the Mama Goose 5k going each year by assisting with their website. It is a race created in honor of Margaret “Peggy” Giesfeldt (known as Mama Goose) by her son Matthew. Peggy unforunately lost her seven-and-a-half year battle with sarcoma while receiving treatment at the UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) in Madison, WI. Each year this race serves as a fundraiser to benefit the UWCCC. In 2012, Matt is hoping to win the Wisconsin Marathon while wearing his LIFE running singlet. He is truly an inspiration to us all.|