• 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.

Saturday June 22nd, 2013 marks 10 years since Eric was first diagnosed


Sadly, today June 22nd, 2013 marks 10 years since Eric's initial diagnosis with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.  It's hard to believe a decade has gone by already.  It was on June 21st, 2003 that Eric's mother Mary took him to the ER with severe problems from the extraction of his wisdom teeth.  He was officially diagnosed the following day, and it was only the beginning of a nightmare that will remain with us forever.

Tomorrow on June 23rd - Chris Solinsky will be competing in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 5,000m in Des Moines, Iowa - while wearing his LIFE bracelet.  Chris will be running at 4:30pm - tune in to www.usatf.tv to watch the race live.  Pictured above - Chris setting the American Record in the 10,000m at the Stanford Invite in 2010 with the incredible time of 26:59 - and yes, also while wearing his LIFE bracelet.  Following the Olympic year in London, the 2013 Championships will serve as the selection event for the coveted spots to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships August 10 - August 18 in Moscow, Russia.  
Best of luck Chris.

Peace.  Love.

Tracey Bailey - L.I.F.E. Gives Back


Hello my Name is Tracey Ann Bailey.  On May 30th, 2013 My Life was forever changed.  I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, which is just one of the many struggles I have had to deal with at 28 years old.  After losing my mother only a couple of months before, I felt as though I could not take this head on, and I became deeply depressed.  I thought I could not mentally or physically put up a good fight, but then I had to think I'm only 28, and I have my whole life a head of me.  I have no kids, but I do have a younger brother whom I've taken sole responsibility of after my mom died.  I must fight for him, not just for me.  So with that I came up with a slogan "Fight Violet Not Violence " and I plan to make t-shirts hats etc #TeamViolet  Making the best of what I thought was the worst. .....#MyStory

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  • 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