• 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.

Our website got wiped out this week

July 21, 2010 - Our website's server crashed this Wednesday morning.  All of the information for the website, as well as our most current backup were deleted.  Luckily we had a backup from January saved on our own harddrive, and we were able to reinstall most of it from that.  A lot of the information between January and July have been lost, but we will get it re-written as soon as possible!

Mike & Eric

Happy Birthday Eric!

Happy Birthday Eric!

July 17, 2010 - Today marks Eric's 26th birthday.  It was already one year ago we put on a huge celebration for this day thinking it would be his last.  Eric, we are so glad you are still with us - we want you to have a very special day.

And he did!  Later that day he proposed to his girlfriend, Cari Jaeger, and she said yes!  They will be married next year in 2011.  Congratulations you two!

Happy 1 year anniversary Eric!

June 5, 2010 - Today marks 1 year since Eric relapsed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia for the 3rd time. We are very lucky to have him with us. Yesterday Eric was a guest speaker at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Muskego, WI. The event was put on by Sandy Traeder, the mother of Jason Traeder. Jason was 19 years old and Eric's neighbor in the hospital when he passed away from Hodgkins Lymphoma. Jason's memory lives on through the fight for a cure.


  • 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