• 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.

Tracey Bailey - L.I.F.E. Gives Back

Hello my Name is Tracey Ann Bailey.  On May 30th, 2013 My Life was forever changed.  I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, which is just one of the many struggles I have had to deal with at 28 years old.  After losing my mother only a couple of months before, I felt as though I could not take this head on, and I became deeply depressed.  I thought I could not mentally or physically put up a good fight, but then I had to think I'm only 28, and I have my whole life a head of me.  I have no kids, but I do have a younger brother whom I've taken sole responsibility of after my mom died.  I must fight for him, not just for me.  So with that I came up with a slogan "Fight Violet Not Violence " and I plan to make t-shirts hats etc #TeamViolet  Making the best of what I thought was the worst. .....#MyStory

Combat Medic Mike Fischer - L.I.F.E. gives back


July 16th, 2013 - Below is a letter received today from Army Combat Medic Mike Fischer, who is currently battling stage IVa colon cancer.  We wish him nothing but the very best.

Hello! I guess i should start at the beginning. I was born August 18 1990, my mother is Hayley Haddock and my father is Michael J Fischer the 1st. I had a pretty average childhood, my brother Mason was born in 94. I went to school made a few friends that i still have to this day. In 2000 my parents divorced and i lived with my mother until I turned 18 and enlisted in the Army National Guard as a Health Care specialist or more commonly referred to as a Combat medic.  I spent a wonderful year and a half training. I lived in Oklahoma on Fort Sill where I did my basic, then I lived on Fort Sam Houston in Texas. I finished my training a few months before my 20th birthday and came home to live with my mother. I soon moved out and became self sufficient, with my good friend and roommate Ryan Quinlan. But eventually we decided to part ways and I moved in with my Aunt Valarie in Affton, I was 21 at the time and I kept noticing that my stomach and bowel movements were getting stranger and stranger.

Sheriff's Deputy Chris Harvey - L.I.F.E. Gives Back

July 22nd, 2013 - Below is an email received tonight from Kathleen Kelley, the fiancee of 26 year old Christopher Harvey.  Please read his very touching story below, and continue to pray and hope for his recovery.

Hi, this is Kathleen Kelley. I am Chris Harvey's fiancee who recently reached out for help from your organization due to his battle with brain cancer. We want to thank you for your assistance and for people like you that go above and beyond to help people after experiencing this tragic part of life. I watched your brother's final goodbye and you can't help but cry with him. He put up the good fight and although it is a loss, it is also a win as he has left this imperfect world for a perfect one in heaven. We are not ready to accept that type of win either and although as of now we are plugging away at a dream through our faith, it is scary and we don't know the end result, but it is through people like you that we know God is hearing our prayers. Thank you and God bless! Below is Chris's story:

Pictured is Chris Harvey who grew up in small town Tamaroa in Southern Illinois with his mother and two siblings. In 2007, when Chris was 19 years old he went to the doctor for frequent headaches when they found a tumor on his brain.


  • 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