• 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.

Decitabine/Mylotarg Treatment is working!

Mylotarg


September 1, 2009 - Eric went into Froedtert Hospital this morning for his second round of the Decitabine/Mylotarg treatment.  We also got preliminary results from his bone marrow biopsy yesterday that this new treatment is working!!  The cancer cells are down by HALF!! Absolutely incredible, we've been bracing ourselves all week for these results, and this is exactly the outcome we were hoping and praying for. They will continue giving Decitabine/Mylotarg to him on an outpatient basis every other week until he is hopefully in remission.  Once remission is achieved, there will be some more options on the table.  It may take a few more rounds before that happens, but at least he is on the right path!  You can check out the video he posted today after getting back by clicking here.  Also please note that Eric is currently Neutropenic, meaning that he has no immune system, so if you plan on visiting and have any symptoms please wait until you are healthy.  :)

Thank you so much for all the support!  Much love!

The McLeans

The Ultimate Miller Park Experience!!!

Miller Park Miller Park

On Wednesday, August 26th 2009, I got a super high VIP tour of Miller Park courtesy of one of my now very good friends, Larry Hisle and the Milwaukee Brewers.  I was able to bring along my brother Steve and two of my very best friends Nathan and Jason.  I will have videos up on my YouTube channel and plenty of pictures uploading to the photo gallery on the site in due time.  It was pretty close to the most incredible thing I have ever experienced and gotten to see.

Larry, if you are reading this, you are in inspiration to me and everyone else in this world.  I admire you're strength, determination, perseverence, and care.  You have forever changed my life.  Thank you.

Eric

Volleyball Tournament, Triathlon a success!

Team L.I.F.E.


August 22, 2009 - Both the volleyball tournament at the Double Dam and the YMCA Triathlon today were a huge success.   Volleyball teams were playing all day while raffle prizes were being drawn, with the band Echo Filter playing live rock music on stage.  Thank you so much!  As for the triathlon, Team L.I.F.E. had a dominating performance at the Two Rivers/Manitowoc YMCA Triathlon.  Pictures will be posted soon!

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