• 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.

Ali goes to Camp Mak-A-Dream

This past month, L.I.F.E. was contacted by Alyson P., a young woman from Wisconsin battling colon cancer.  Ali was interested in spending some time at Camp Mak-A-Dream in Montana, an 87 acre facility that provides medically-supervised, cost-free Montana experiences, in an intimate community setting, for children, young adults and families affected by cancer.  But she couldn't afford the travel expenses to do so.  Thanks to donations from our many supporters, we were able to send her!  She put together a fun video documenting her trip, and thought we would share it with you!  In her words "I met so many wonderful people here, and made so many friends, and just had so much fun over the past 5 days that I don't want it to end, and I don't want my friends to go home. But the cool thing is that now I have friends all over the country, and Canada."

We're so glad you had a wonderful time Ali!  You're an amazing person!

Research study dedicated to Eric is nearing publication

The research team at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research has informed us that their paper is nearing publication into the Journal of Clinical Investigation!  The study is being led by Associate Professor of Oncology, Dr. Jing Zhang.

In October 2011, Eric and Mike McLean were able to visit with lab director Dr. James Shull and sit in Dr. Zhang's lecture hall through one of her oncology courses prior to making LIFE's first donation towards their research.  2 years later in September 2013, LIFE returned to make an additional donation to help keep it going.  Professor Zhang has so kindly wrote the following dedication that will be included in the paper:

"We would like to dedicate this work to Eric McLean, who fought bravely with AML for nine years and passed away in August 2012. The Leukemia Ironman Fundraiser For Eric, a non-profit organization founded by his family, provided initial financial support for this project."

As always, we greatly appreciate your continuous support to our research and we are working hard to expand the mouse work into a more humanized model.


Their research team has been working tirelessly towards achieving better treatments, and a cure, for the exact type of cancer our beloved Eric so bravely fought against.  It has been through the extremely generous donations of our supporters, of the LoziLu Women's Mud Run, and our Team LIFE members, that we have been able to help with this endeavor, thank you all so much.


  • 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