• 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.

Katherine's story

Katherine is a lovely 26-year-old woman diagnosed with breast cancer on Jan 2, 2014. Two years ago, she had an area of the breast evaluated and physicians felt it was most likely benign. No biopsy was done. When it grew and continued to bother her, she had the lump removed. Everyone was very surprised to find that the “benign” lump was breast cancer. She married her long-time boyfriend 5 months prior to her diagnosis.  Katherine works as a nurse in an ER, and her husband is a dedicated elementary school teacher.  She is off of work right now recovering from surgery, and would like to take even more time off during chemotherapy, but is unsure how much she will be able to take.  Living on her husband's salary and affording medical bills has been difficult for them.  In addition, the couple had planned to take a honeymoon in March, and would still like to go since her doctors have agreed to let her start chemo after the trip.

Through the generous donations made to L.I.F.E., in some small way we have been able to help out this young woman get through this difficult time.

Katherine - if you're reading this, we wish you all the best!

Please Consider Joining the Marrow Registry

Below is an email we just received:

"I thought you'd appreciate this...My husband and I joined Be The Match after hearing Eric McLean's story over a year ago.  Last Friday, my husband received notification that he is a potential match.  More testing will be needed, but I thought you'd appreciate knowing that Eric's great work while on this earth impacted many people who never had a chance to meet him."

For years Eric pushed so hard to get as many people as possible to join the marrow registry, and to know those efforts might help save a life...we are speechless.  This is amazing news.  If you are not on the list already, please consider it by clicking on the Be The Match logo above.

Thanks for reading!


  • 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