• 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.

Mark Spewak of Team L.I.F.E. to run for Joey Renick at the 2016 Boston Marathon

Click here to donate to Mark's Effort for Joey

Joey Renick, a 22 year old nursing student at the Goldfarb School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO recently relapsed for the 2nd time with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  He first began this battle when he was just 3 years old, going through 3 years of chemotherapy treatment which was successful at putting him into remission at age 6.  Then 12 years later, tests revealed his cancer had returned.  He successfully achieved remission through another fight with cancer after 2 more years of intense treatment and harsh chemotherapy.  His hospital and nursing staff inspired him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the Goldfarb School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO.  He was nearly halfway through the program when he learned he would now have to face it for a 3rd time.  Joey's faith and endurance are truly an inspiration to us all and he strides through everything life has thrown his way. Last month, L.I.F.E. paid a visit to Joey in the hospital and was able to assist him with some of his medical costs thanks to the generous donations given to our organization for this exact reason.

Sebastian gets a new trombone!


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.

Eric's Surprise at CIM - by Danny Craven

Danny Craven

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?

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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