Simon Bairu and Chris Solinsky help Eric

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When Eric relapsed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia this past Christmas Eve, L.I.F.E. – The Leukemia Ironman Fundraiser for Eric was refounded.  So far donors have made selfless contributions of nearly $12,000 for both the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, or if people choose, to help pay for Eric’s medical expenses.  When two of Eric’s brother Mike’s coworkers at Movin’ Shoes in Madison got word of the fundraiser, they stepped up to help out.  Simon Bairu and Chris Solinsky, professional track athletes and former UW Madison students, donated a combined $2,000.00 to Eric for his medical expenses today.

Both are 2008 Beijing Olympic hopefuls and will be competing in the Olympic Trials in just a couple of months. Their kindness and generosity will never be forgotten, and the McLean family will be cheering for them as they run for their dreams. Others also wishing to donate to L.I.F.E. or keep up to date on Eric’s condition can visit