• 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.

Mike Knickerbocker raises funds on behalf of LIFE

Mike Knickerbocker, a leiutenant in the United States Navy and Wisconsin Badger, participated last weekend in the 15 mile bike ride for Heropalooza put on by "There Goes My Hero!" outside of Baltimore, Maryland.  He raised $715 for There Goes My Hero! in honor of LIFE and Eric's fight in the process. There Goes My Hero! is an organization that values compassion in the pursuit of their responsibilities to those suffering from leukemia. Their mission is to restore hope to Leukemia patients and their families through increasing bone marrow registrants, providing nutritious meals, and supporting blood cancer research. Their vision is to find a match for every Leukemia patient and assist their families through a variety of support programs.  Thank you Mike for your unwavering support.

Come cheer on Team L.I.F.E. at the Ironman Wisconsin 2012 this weekend!

Attention Madison, WI area residents! The Ironman Wisconsin is taking place this coming Sunday, September 9th! Although Eric's brother Mike will not be competing this year, his coach, friend and professional triathlete Blake Becker #4 will be.  Also racing for Team L.I.F.E. are Brad Birkel (#202), Danny Craven (#1141), Mark Mehler (# not yet assigned), Rebecca Mehler (# not yet assigned), and the rest of the Blake Becker Multisport Club!  We are very honored that they will be out there representing L.I.F.E. and wearing Eric's logo proudly.  There is also a good opportunity this year that Blake could win 1ST PLACE overall!!! If anyone would like to make some signs, wear some orange and help us cheer Blake, Brad, Danny, Mark, and Rebecca on, please let us know by clicking on Contact Us above and we can try to meet up to get you a wristband ($5) or tshirt ($15).  Also if there are any other Ironman athletes out there competing this weekend that would like to represent Team L.I.F.E. let us know that too.

Blake Becker - #4
Brad Birkel - #202
Danny Craven - #1141
Rebecca Reinhart-Mehler - #2898
Mark Mehler - #2897

And the rest of Team BBMC!
Bob Woolford - #2850
Chip Schilling - #2122
Ben Thorud - #222
Colin Grove - #2075
Patrick Brady - #1275
Greg Woods - #2781
Eric Barrows - #2417
Brandon Nguyen - #1549
Shaun Bollig - #2638
Greg Kuhlman - #2184
Jon Bina - #1805
Jodi Katzenberger - #2880
Steve Prochnow - #2226
Matt Braaksma - #2187
Chris Lummis - #2290
Theresa Hagen - #840
Pat Gilles - #1145
Ben Cagle - #1232

Eric James McLean - 7/17/1984 - 8/23/2012

Eric passed away tonight at 6:04pm surrounded by his entire family, on his big brother's 30th birthday. Rest well Eric, you were a great man, we will miss you so much.  Obituary

Click here to watch Eric's last video journal titled "Confession Final" which he published on August 14th.


  • 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