• 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.

McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research set to publish a leukemia research study dedicated to Eric

Pictured above: Eric and Mike with Dr. Jing Zhang and Dr. James Shull

May 17, 2013 - A year and half ago, Eric McLean and his older brother gave $10,000 on behalf of L.I.F.E. to a promising leukemia research study at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research being conducted by Dr. Jing Zhang.  Today Dr. Zhang wrote back with the following message:

"After several months of hard work, we finally finished the testing of a novel combo therapy in our leukemia mouse model. We show that this new therapy could provide long-term disease free survival. This work was initiated by the generous donation from LIFE. We cannot thank you enough for this. As I mentioned earlier, we would like to dedicate the publication to Eric. We are preparing the manuscript now.

University of New Hampshire Athlete Shortens Career to Donate Bone Marrow

The #1 thing on Eric wanted to do on his Bucket List was to get as many people as he possibly could to sign up on the bone marrow registry.  Read the story below about a senior thrower on the University of New Hampshire track & field team who just gave up the final weeks of his career to save the life of a complete stranger.  What an awesome story, this guy is a hero. If you're not on the bone marrow registry already, it's time to sign up today.

April 23rd, 2013 - 
ABC News - 
Cameron Lyle, a Division I college athlete in New Hampshire, has decided to shorten his athletic career for a chance to save a life.

The University of New Hampshire senior will donate bone marrow Wednesday, a decision that abruptly ends his collegiate athletic career but one that he calls a "no brainer."

Lyle, 21, had his mouth swabbed to join a bone marrow registry two years ago in the cafeteria at school. He didn't think any more of it until a few months ago when he got a phone call that he might be a match. He took more tests and discovered a month later that he was a perfect match.


  • 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