• 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.

Nicholas Bennett runs for L.I.F.E., finishes his first marathon!

Nicholas Bennett, a sophomore student at Indiana University, says that he is "the last person you might expect to do a marathon".  About one year ago, Nick made a major decision to live his life healthier, and wanted to challenge to work towards and test himself.  It was then that he thought, "Why not a marathon?"  Not knowing what to expect, never even having completed a running race of any kind, Nick registered for the 2012 Indianapolis Marathon on October 20th, 2012.

Then in August, Nick watched Eric McLean's final confessions video, and went to the L.I.F.E. site, and immediately signed up for the Bone Marrow Registry.  It was then that he discovered Team L.I.F.E.  He then contacted us and in his words said "I have 5 and a half weeks to raise so I think I can do it. Eric really moved me and thousands of others. I want to succeed for him and his cause."  

L.I.F.E. helps Jessica Rager

Jessica & Dan Rager
October 8th, 2012 - We recently received the message from Daniel Rager in New York, that his 30 year old wife Jessica discovered she had acute myelogenous leukemia the same day her twin boy and girl were born last year.  She has been battling since and it has been a struggle. This past week L.I.F.E. sent them some of the funds we have fundraised to maybe help make their lives just a little bit easier.  L.I.F.E. was officially made a 501c3 non-profit organization 3 years ago with the intent of keeping Eric's memory alive, and to make an effort at paying forward all the help that was given to Eric to other cancer patients like him between the ages of 18 and 30 across the country.  From everyone here we wish you all of the best Jessica, Daniel, Elizabeth, and Joseph as you continue to battle and overcome this.

Dan wrote their very unique story to us,  you can read it below.


  • 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