August 23, 2013 - Today marks 1 year already since the tragic passing of our beloved Eric McLean. It is also his older brother Mike's 31st birthday, who is eagerly trying to raise money for a leukemia research study that has been dedicated to Eric, at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research in Madison, WI.
Please consider helping to honor Eric's fight, and celebrate Mike's birthday wish, by donating to the research study. Anyone that donates $25 or more will have their name written on an article of clothing that Mike will wear at the Ironman Wisconsin on Sunday September 8th, 2013.
Aug. 19th, 2013 - by Charlie Matthews, Herald Times Reporter
MANITOWOC — Over nearly a decade, Eric McLean went through multiple remissions and relapses before dying of cancer a year ago Friday at age 28, passing away at his parents home in Two Rivers.
Every day, something reminds Cari McLean, now 28, of her late husband whose “Confession Final” video blog has been seen on YouTube by more than 1 million viewers.
“We have a thing with owls ... every time I see a rainbow ... hearing a Harley,” says the young widow of just a few of the sights and sounds triggering memories of the man who relapsed a fifth time days after returning from their honeymoon in the summer of 2011.“We were getting to be normal, then all falling apart at the same time ... rollercoaster after rollercoaster,” said McLean, who had days last winter when she couldn’t get out of bed. “It is OK to feel no one is out there, OK to feel alone, to grieve and cry.
“I shut a lot of people out, not that I was mad at them but didn’t want to face what was really happening ... Eric’s not coming back,” McLean said in the living room of her parents, Mick and Karin Jaeger.