• 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.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

 

December 15, 2009 - Eric, Mike, and Mary will be visiting Pewaukee Lake Elementary School this coming Monday. Lindsay Draeger, a Kindergarten teacher there, and her students have been very supportive of Eric and are planning to make a donation to L.I.F.E. with money that they have raised!  As with all donations, 100% of it will go towards cancer research.  Thank you so much!

We also wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holidays! Eric will probably post a new video soon, but this past weekend he and his girlfriend Cari went to visit New York City, something Eric has always wanted to do. By mere coincidence, Mike had reserved a flight to go out there on the exact same weekend to visit friends.  So they all met up and went to see the Statue of Liberty together, and what do you know, Mike and Eric also ended up on the same flight home!

Stay warm and Go Packers!

-The McLean Family

L.I.F.E. Update!

Hi everyone,

We've got some super cool news to report.  News that I don't think anyone could've predicted.  Eric's bone marrow biopsy last week, and it is still clean!  And just last week he was able to return to work!!  He seriously couldn't be happier, you've got to see it for yourself - he's all smiles in his latest Confessions Video - #40.   He just posted it tonight. http://www.facebook.com/l/94f23;givetolife.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=265:erics-confessions-40&catid=38:blog&Itemid=66

It's a miracle really.  I'm absolutely certain that all of the the support and love he received had a big role in all of this.  It is so wonderful watching that huge grin of his in that latest video.  He's the happiest man alive, giddy that he just able to work.  Hahah, I love it.  My favorite line, "If anyone from Harley out there is watching this tonight, or tomorrow, or whenever, I'll see you at work!"  :)

L.I.F.E. is about to take a big step in helping to pay it forward to other families out there.  Eric, my family, and myself will spend the rest of our lives helping to pay forward the same favors that were paid to him.  We'd like to reach out and help as many other families and people out there as possible.

Beginning in just a couple of months, we'll be entered into a charity challenge in which I'll be in a contest to raise as much money as possible for L.I.F.E. before the Ironman Wisconsin 2010 this September.  There will be many other people also raising money for their own charities.  The person to raise the most money will receive an additional $10,000 donation from the Janus corporation.  The competition has not started for me yet, but when it does I'm going to need some serious help spreading the word.

With the money we raise, we'd like to build a scholarship fund, help families in need, as well as donating towards research.

We'll keep you posted!

Love you all,

The McLean Family

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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