• 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.

University of New Hampshire Athlete Shortens Career to Donate Bone Marrow

The #1 thing on Eric wanted to do on his Bucket List was to get as many people as he possibly could to sign up on the bone marrow registry.  Read the story below about a senior thrower on the University of New Hampshire track & field team who just gave up the final weeks of his career to save the life of a complete stranger.  What an awesome story, this guy is a hero. If you're not on the bone marrow registry already, it's time to sign up today.

April 23rd, 2013 - 
ABC News - 
Cameron Lyle, a Division I college athlete in New Hampshire, has decided to shorten his athletic career for a chance to save a life.

The University of New Hampshire senior will donate bone marrow Wednesday, a decision that abruptly ends his collegiate athletic career but one that he calls a "no brainer."

Lyle, 21, had his mouth swabbed to join a bone marrow registry two years ago in the cafeteria at school. He didn't think any more of it until a few months ago when he got a phone call that he might be a match. He took more tests and discovered a month later that he was a perfect match.

L.I.F.E. helps a young woman battling breast cancer

On January 8th, 2013, L.I.F.E. received the call for help from Monica Contreras, a 29 year old from Neenah, Wisconsin battling breast cancer.  Many costs are associated with treatment, travel, and lost time.  L.I.F.E. eagerly responded and hopefully eased the burden in our own some small way.  Thanks to the many donors out there who have worked hard to make this possible, we are happy to help.  Best of luck Monica, keep us posted on your progress!

Katelyn Ruckmann passes away at age 19

We aren't quite sure how to say this, but less than 2 months after we first learned about Katelyn Ruckmann's story, we are very saddened to learn she just lost her battle to APL yesterday. She was just 19 years old. Please keep her friends and family, especially her mother Angela, in your thoughts and prayers.  Her goal was to raise awareness for Leukemia. She and her mother started a foundation called Rock the Cure 4 Leukemia.  Hopefully we were able to make her life easier for her in some way while she was still here.  She always be remembered for the good spirited beautiful young woman that she was.


  • 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