March 2, 2016 - Sebastian, a 20 year old member of the University of Arizona Marching band, was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma. His social worker contacted L.I.F.E. for help, so we assisted with some of his medical bills, and replaced his old beat up trombone with a brand new one...and yesterday arranged to have it presented by his band mates, and Wilbur the University of Arizona Mascot. :) Ironic how an evil disease like cancer can bring people together. Sebastian, we are all praying for you, we are here for you! We all cannot wait for the day you take to the field again, and play your new horn! Get well soon! Thank you to the Instrumental Music Center in Tucson, AZ for helping us with the cost of a new trombone, the wonderful hospital staff at Banner University Medical Center, and of course Wilbur and the Pride of Arizona Marching Band for helping to make this day a special one! And also a big thank you to all of the supporters of the L.I.F.E. organization, it is all of your efforts have helped to make this possible. You really made this young man's day.
My name is Danny, I live in Texas and I've known Mike McLean for almost 10 years now. I never got the chance to meet Eric, but we chatted several times about his treatments, and the various races I do. Whenever I race, a small batman figurine is always with me whether in my shoe, my hat, or positioned on my bike handlebars.
On the first weekend in December, I traveled from my home in Austin, TX to Sacramento, CA to participate in the California International Marathon. I say compete because this would be a new type of marathon experience for me, one where I am running to aid another runner rather than for my own goals. I was set to run with Matt Oliver, who currently resides in San Diego, CA, was attempting to set a new PR and achieve first in his particular division for the race. Matt is blind, after losing his sight around age 14. He can run a blazing fast marathon around 3 hours and 10 minutes, but this time he was aiming to achieve some new goals. Among them, set a new PR, break 3 hours, and win the USABA division (also the National Championship Event) - no big deal, right?
November 7, 2015 - Thank you to every one who came out today. We collected 46 units of whole blood and 5 double red cell units! This could have the potential of saving over 150 lives, thank you for helping to make a difference. Stay tuned for the next drive! If you missed it and want to donate, please contact your local blood donation center. Also, if you are not on the national bone marrow registry, joining is easy and requires only a simple oral swab - click here to learn more!