• 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. supporters Chris Solinsky and Simon Bairu set American, Canadian Records in the 10k!!

Simon sets the Canadian National Record!

Saturday May 1, 2010 - 2010 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational - Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA - "Ironman level" L.I.F.E. donors Chris Solinsky and Simon Bairu set national records tonight in the 10k at Stanford. You can actually see Chris wearing his L.I.F.E. bracelet in the finish pictures and in the post race interview above.  Chris ran a 26:59 for an American Record and also the first non-african under 27 minutes to win the race. Simon set a new Canadian record with a 27:22 finishing 5th. This was Solinsky's first 10k. An insane race!! Also on Friday at the Oregon Relays Matt Downin finished second in the 5k in 14:18. Congratulations you guys and thanks again for all of the support!! Click here to watch the 10k race, or here to watch their post race interview.

GREAT NEWS!! And a Call to Arms!

Hello everyone,

Check out Eric's newest video that he just put out tonight, #42.  He seriously is a living miracle.  http://www.facebook.com/l/1251b;www.givetolife.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=273:erics-confessions-42&catid=38:blog&Itemid=66

Last week Friday, Eric went in for a biopsy to have a core sample taken from his marrow.  It has been a few months since the last one, so we weren't quite sure what to expect.  Well today he and our parents went back for a follow-up appointment for the results.  And they came back CLEAN!!  There were absolutely no leukemic blasts detected in the marrow!  Even more than that, they ran a DNA check to see how many of his cells are that of his donor, our sister Lindsey, versus how many of his cells were his own.  100% of his cells are Lindsey's!  This is the best possible outcome, it's like a dream.  Eric might very well be cured!  They will continue to test him routinely like they always have to make sure that his marrow remains clean.  Eric my bro - you've got the heart of a lion.  Even after being told that letting the disease run its course might be your best option, you said no and kept on fighting.  It was you who went against the prognosis and said "Give me all you've got!"  That spirit has paid off HUGE!

So now, it's a Call to Arms!  We need your help!  This year we are going to try to raise $50,000 for L.I.F.E., which is a huge goal.  We are putting together Team L.I.F.E. - a team of triathletes, runners, and cyclists willing to wear a L.I.F.E. uniform and raise money for the cause.  If you or anyone you know would like to join, your uniform will be paid for, all that we ask is that you'd be willing to train/race with it and fundraise to the best of your ability for L.I.F.E.!  You would also have your own individual fundraising page, and your profile and results would be posted on the http://www.facebook.com/l/1251b;givetolife.org website.  Just let us know by sending an email to life@http://www.facebook.com/l/1251b;givetolife.org.

Of course, we don't just need athletes to help us, we need the help of everyone to make this happen.  If you'd like to donate, or if you have some ideas or events you'd like to share like a raffle, a car wash, or a silent auction - we need those too!   100% of funds raised will be given to individuals and families affected by cancer that are struggling with medical expenses, gas costs, co-pays, etc...  We are also able to raise money for scholarships, as well as grants to research laboratories.

This fall I'll be competing again in the Ironman WI and am participating in what is called the Janus Charity Challenge.  I am one of a few dozen athletes in the Ironman that will be racing for a cause.  The athlete to raise the most amount of money will win an additional $10,000 towards his/her charity.  Athletes that raise the 10th most amount of money will still receive an additional donation towards his/her charity, so I'm totally going for it this year!  My donation page is located here http://www.facebook.com/l/1251b;januscharitychallenge.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=330383&lis=1&kntae330383=54920A8BB90249ABB8C16F2C15015A3A&supId=281296807

Thank you everyone for all of your support!

Mike

12/21/09 - Pewaukee Lake Elementary School Kindergarteners gave $800 to L.I.F.E.!

Pewaukee Lake Elementary

click here to watch the video

December 21, 2009 - Today a kindergarten class at Pewaukee Lake Elementary School had Eric, Mary, Mike, and Larry Hisle over for Christmas carols, cookies, and story time. Their teacher, Lindsay Draeger, has been a great friend and a strong supporter of our cause. She and the children saw Eric on the news and wanted to make a difference. Over the last several months, the students have been "doing chores" for their parents to raise money for LIFE. One student's family gave $20 for every touchdown the Packers scored over the past month. As Eric arrived, some children in the room noticed Eric standing in the hall and began to shout his name in excitement. Later on, Eric read to them the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! All of the kids were super cute, it was an absolutely adorable and very touching experience. They raised a total of $800, an astounding amount. 100% of it will be put directly into the LIFE account which will be put towards a positive cause in the future; whether that be helping out another local family, or giving it to a cancer research lab. Thank you so much!!

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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