Check out Eric's newest video that he just put out tonight, #42. He seriously is a living miracle. http://www.facebook.com/l/
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/
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/
Thank you everyone for all of your support!
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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!!
Eric continues to do well. He seriously is a living, breathing, miracle. It is only because he decided to defy the prognosis and fight his leukemia this past year that he is alive. The majority of physicians on his medical team advised that he simply let the disease run its course and live the rest of his days as pain free of a lifestyle as possible, rather than suffer unnecessary side effects of chemotherapy. But Eric said no, it was his decision to go ahead and try some experimental treatments. To everyone's amazement, his blood is currently testing clean for leukemia cells. Eric published his last video, #41, earlier this month. If you'd like to watch it, it can be seen on our website at http://www.facebook.com/l/
Laura Llorens (formerly Laura Nelson) graduated from Two Rivers high school with Eric in 2002. She has since moved to France and now lives with her husband Michel. She wrote "You're a Fighter" for Eric last summer in hopes it would bring him more courage to keep onfighting. Her lyrics, "I remember the trumpet you played, and I remember the speech that you gave...me I moved on through my life abroad, only to learn about you later on. And you're a fighter, you are the champ the strongest of the strong, with me there singing along. Andyou're a winner, you're not a cheat, no, you're the conquerer of defeat" really helped him along. Her new album, The Giving Tree, is now available for download on YouTunes, and 100% of the proceeds from "You're a Fighter" will be donated to L.I.F.E.! Check it out! Laura youare a hero.
Click here to download the song, or the entire album, on iTunes: http://www.facebook.com/l/
Also click here if you want to watch her sing it live on YouTube for the first time: http://www.facebook.com/l/
Or click here to watch her sing on France's version of American Idol: http://www.facebook.com/l/
Thank you to everyone for your continued support. L.I.F.E. will need your help again soon - I'll send out another message in the coming weeks regarding L.I.F.E.'s participation in this year's Janus Charity Challenge for the Ironman Wisconsin 2010!
The McLean Family