• 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.

L.I.F.E. Blood and Bone Marrow Drive on Saturday August 18, 2012

We're hosting our 3rd blood drive and need donors! This time we're partnering up with the Be The Match Foundation to get everyone on the National Bone Marrow Registry, as is it part of Eric's bucket list to get as many people signed up as possible! 

Please click HERE to schedule your appointment as soon as possible!

Thank you,
The McLeans

Cari Blog Number 27

It's been awhile since a Cari blog appeared, so I'll try to get it all in one.  

July 16th, we had our one year anniversary, and then Eric's birthday the next day! Our friends families all went over to Eric's parents house to celebrater with us. A couple days after that, we were on a plane to Outer Banks North Carolina, courtesy of one of Eric's dad's best friends.  He's got a very nice place, and when he's not looking, I'm going to just move in!

Happy Independence Day!

Hi Everyone!


Let me begin by apologizing for not writing sooner. To my readers out there who have been asking me to write a blog, I am sorry it took this long. Even though my lifestyle has been low-key, it has been extremely fatiguing. I’m working hard at building up my strength. I’m still getting completely winded just by making myself some lunch or something, but it is getting better.

My medical oncologists still say that my infections are present and we must continue the ambisome to treat it. The medicines that I am on are very well known for screwing with my appetite, and they are definitely doing a great job of that. At my appointment this week, I weighed in less than 140 pounds. I believe this is the lightest I have been since my very first diagnosis in 2003. The reasons for that are nausea. For one, I rarely ever feel like eating. These anti-biotics have caused my saliva to turn into a very viscous substance which does not help at all with the gestation of my food in my mouth. The second I put anything that has bread on it or anything like it my entire mouth feels like it has been filled with Elmer’s Glue. Secondly, anything I do manage to eat typically comes back up within an hour or so. Ultimately, because of both of those things, my stomach is ever decreasing in size allowing me to eat less and less. It’s been a nasty cycle that I have been dealing with for about a month which has resulted in my losing roughly 30 pounds.

As soon as my doctors can confirm that the infections are gone, I believe his plan is to administer a regimen of Mylotarg (a 5 day outpatient targeted chemo regimen that was banned by the FDA for its extremely toxic effects to the liver) to prevent a relapse. The latest is that both the brain cancer and the leukemia in my bones have gone into remission. Without further treatment, such as Mylotarg, I will most definitely relapse and in a short period of time.

That’s pretty much the nuts and bolts of my medical life at the moment.


  • 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