• 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.

L.I.F.E. Gives Back - Alison W

We received a letter today from Alison W, a 29 year old battling refractory Hodgkins Lymphoma that we thought we'd share with you all.  Thank you to all of our supporters for making it possible to help this young woman in need.

Mary, I received the check in the mail today. THANK YOU so very much for your kindness! It is going to help me immensely!! <3

My story goes a little something like this:

On August 18th 2010, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I started seeing a local Oncologist who began a chemotherapy regiment. After eight months, my scan came back clear and I was taken off the chemo. A few months later the cancer came back and they started me on another type of chemo. This also helped for awhile, but then the cancer came back. At this point my local doctor referred me to a bone marrow transplant specialist at the Mayo Clinic.

I was in my third semester of school and wanted to graduate with my class, so I asked to postpone the transplant until after I graduated. December 2011, I not only walked across the stage with my class to receive my degree with honors, but was also the commencement speaker and graduated as the "Outstanding Student" for my program.

After graduation it was time for an autogenic transplant. The transplant seemed to be successful for awhile, and then again my scan came back with uptake. At this point, they tried another chemo treatment, and again, it only worked for awhile before the stubborn cancer came back.

Currently, I am on my second clinical trial, and as always, it seems to work for awhile and then the cancer comes back. There is talk of an allogeneic transplant in my near future, so we will take it as it comes. As for now, I focus on life day by day and try to enjoy every one to the fullest!

Thank you so much to the McLean Family for your compassion and generosity! You have made my journey easier, and filled it with more hope and smiles!

Alison Will

More Miles More Smiles pledges headband sales to L.I.F.E.!

More Miles More Smiles is an organization created with to spread their love for running while helping others in the community.  It was born when founder Mark Spewak asked himself, "Why do I run?" His answer, "The more I run the more I smile." Since then their mission has been to share the passion and love for the sport with as many runners and walkers as possible.

This past Wednesday they launched their second product and began carrying Performance Headbands designed by Little Running Company's Caitlin Howe.  Mark has pledged that a portion of every sale will be given to the L.I.F.E. organization.

Thank you very much for your contribution Mark!  Keep those miles, and smiles, coming!

If you're interested in buying a headband, please click here.

How fruit flies may be key to the fight against cancer

Check out this amazing article/video published by CBS news this past Sunday!

In the fight against cancer, will an unconventional approach end up being on the mark? Patients battling cancers resistant to standard treatments certainly hope so. Our Cover Story is reported now by Susan Spencer of "48 Hours":

Atlanta businessman Mark Beeninga had long made health and fitness a priority.

At age 45 he was preparing to bicycle across the United States. "I was jumping rope for 45 minutes a night, and I was in excellent shape," he said.

And then he went to the doctor for a routine physical.

"And he's poking around my neck and he goes, 'Oh, Mark, well, what's this?'  I said, 'Feels like a golf ball.'  And he says, 'Oh, we gotta get this checked out.'

"So we go to this surgeon and he says, 'Oh, you've got cancer and you gotta get this out right away.'"

But Beeninga had no symptoms. "So what goes through your mind when somebody says you've got cancer?" asked Spencer.

"He's wrong, he's wrong," said Beeninga.


  • 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