• Created in honor of Eric McLean, the Leukemia Ironman Fundraiser for Eric (L.I.F.E.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to cancer survivorship by providing assistance to cancer patients in need, scholarship programs, and donating to cancer research laboratories. We will help draw awareness and contribute towards finding more effective treatments, and one day, a cure.

Michael Wynn Nehr - L.I.F.E. gives back

(pictured above - Michael and his cousin Alexa)

August 12, 2013 - Below is an email received from 28 year old Michael Wynn Nehr of St. Peters, Missouri who is currently battling Gastrointestinal Stromal Sarcoma of the Stomach.  The amazing social workers at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis sent him in our direction - below is his story.

"Hello! My name is Michael Wynn Nehr, and I am 28, from St. Peters, Missouri.  I am so lucky, and don't quite understand all of this yet. I want to give a huge thanks to the McLean Family, and all the people who have donated to the L.I.F.E. charity. The help I received was more than I could ask for, and was an encouraging surprise. I received a call from Mary McLean, on a Sunday night and we chatted for a while about my situation, and I was so happy to have spoken to her. It has helped me a great deal and I couldn't be more appreciative. So, here is why I got that call.

Sheriff's Deputy Chris Harvey - L.I.F.E. Gives Back

July 22nd, 2013 - Below is an email received tonight from Kathleen Kelley, the fiancee of 26 year old Christopher Harvey.  Please read his very touching story below, and continue to pray and hope for his recovery.

Hi, this is Kathleen Kelley. I am Chris Harvey's fiancee who recently reached out for help from your organization due to his battle with brain cancer. We want to thank you for your assistance and for people like you that go above and beyond to help people after experiencing this tragic part of life. I watched your brother's final goodbye and you can't help but cry with him. He put up the good fight and although it is a loss, it is also a win as he has left this imperfect world for a perfect one in heaven. We are not ready to accept that type of win either and although as of now we are plugging away at a dream through our faith, it is scary and we don't know the end result, but it is through people like you that we know God is hearing our prayers. Thank you and God bless! Below is Chris's story:

Pictured is Chris Harvey who grew up in small town Tamaroa in Southern Illinois with his mother and two siblings. In 2007, when Chris was 19 years old he went to the doctor for frequent headaches when they found a tumor on his brain.


  • The reason that these years have been the best is that I think that I might have had a somewhat positive impact on your lives and perhaps your understanding of what cancer is and what it can do, to both those of us that it has personally attacked and those of us who know someone who is going through it. -Eric McLean
  • I just want children to be left with a better life than what I was left with," he said. "I want them to experience the feeling I had in my life when I realized that I really mattered.
    ~ Larry Hisle
  • Realistically, I have two more Olympic cycles in me. I'm not going to let this beat me.  I've gained a lot of strength from you guys, if Eric can fight 5 times over I can overcome this one year of setbacks.
    ~ Chris Solinsky
  • Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men. ~ Albert Einstein
  • Never, never, never give up.
    ~ Winston Churchill
  • I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! ~ Dr. Seuss
  • Once you choose hope, anything's possible.
    ~ Christopher Reeve
  • If you're going through hell, keep going.
    ~ Winston Churchill