What We Can Do

We are sorry, L.I.F.E. applications for assistance have been temporarily suspended while we work to raise more funds.  Please stay tuned.  If you would like us to let you know when they are available again, please send an email to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Thanks!

The Leukemia Ironman Fundraiser for Eric was established in 2003 as a resource that provides advocacy, education, information, and financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance (gas, hotel stays, hospital bills, medication costs, and co-pays) to families caring for young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 who have been diagnosed with cancer.  We are also able to help make a person's last wishes (bucket list) come true.

The amount given can vary according to the family's situation, as well as availability of funds.  If the application is approved, funds are sent directly to the patient to be used for whatever they may need.  Criteria for assistance include:

  • All patients must be between the ages of 18 and 30.
  • The person must be diagnosed with cancer and currently in treatment.  He or she does not need to be hospitalized at the time of the referral.
  • The person must be in a state of financial need.
  • The application should be submitted by a social worker or medical caregiver.
  • The patient must be a U.S. citizen receiving treatment in the U.S.


  • 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