• 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.

"Fighter" by Laura Llorens


Laura Llorens


Laura Llorens (formerly Laura Nelson) graduated from high school with Eric in 2002. She has since moved to France and now lives with her husband. She wrote "Fighter" in hopes it would bring him some more courage. Thank you so much Laura! You are super talented, we love it! She recently wrote to say that it is going to be professionaly recorded and will be on her next EP. "Special dedication to you and all the fighters out there! God Bless!" -From Laura

Pictures of L.I.F.E. Supporters! (You!)

Stonehenge - David and Jacek Kawecki at Stonehenge in September 2009

We have been collecting pictures of people wearing their LIFE tshirts and/or bracelets worn by supporters and posting them on our site! Please feel free to send in a picture of yourself wearing some LIFE gear to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will post it on our website. Check out some other pics that have already been submitted by clicking the picture above, some are from Stonehenge, Morocco, Canada, Hawaii, and London!

No "obvious" leukemia present!

Eric receiving DecitabineDecitabineEric receiving Decitabine

Wednesday September 16, 2009 - We received results from Eric's bone marrow biopsy that was performed this past Monday and learned that there is no "obvious" leukemia in both the aspirate as well as the marrow core sample! This is wonderful news! Once Eric's blood counts return to normal he will be considered in remission. There are a few unexplained things going on with his blood that appear as if "he doesn't have a spleen", but he does have a spleen, so more tests will need to be conducted. But this is great news as it is a giant step towards achieving remission, giving Eric the tools he needs for a better fight.

Quote

  • 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