Tuesday, 02 December 2014 12:58 | De Soto, MO
Wife of Young Cancer Patient (Age 28, not 2)
Lol, my husband is not 2, he is 28. I'm not sure why it did that. Maybe the 8 looks like sunglasses....
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 12:55 | De Soto, MO
Wife of Young Cancer Patient
Oh wow, I've just spent the last 2 weeks reading every single blog entry of Eric's. I found this foundation because Eric's amazing family made a contribution to my husband (age 2
who is currently fighting multiple myeloma. I'm speechless.....much like how Eric felt at times. Throughout these blogs, I laughed (a lot), cried (a lot) and smiled. Eric was so humorous (or at least he had my sense of humor). I could not stop laughing when he gave the tour of his hospital room. Especially when he told his pump that he hated it. That's exactly how my husband feels about his pump when he's in the hospital. Constantly beeping at him and waking him up. Josh has gotten to the point where he now knows how to make the beeping stop by pushing the right buttons, lol. Anyway, it just made me laugh because my husband and I know all too well what those 4 walls feel like. The hats that Eric put on himself.....ha! The hazmat suit
. I'm so glad he could find humor in these not so humorous things.
I will second Eric's request that everyone reading this consider joining the bone marrow registry. My husband needs an allogeneic transplant like Eric had but they have yet to find a donor and his only sibling isn't a perfect match.
Oh, Eric's family.....you must be so proud of your son, brother, husband, uncle (Ava), friend. I have never "met" anyone with so much fight in them. And I mean never. What a true inspiration Eric is and will always will be. I found myself so many times while reading these blogs that I wish I would've known about Eric sooner so I could've called or wrote a letter or supported in some way. I feel like I lost a real opportunity to reach out to Eric.
I have much more to say but I'm going to send it in a personal letter to Eric's family as I feel like they need to know the impact on a more personal level of how they positively impacted my husband and I.
My heart breaks for your family but I know that you have to feel an immense amount of love when you help out other cancer patients/survivors. Please know that your kindness DOES NOT go unappreciated. Eric would be/is so proud of you all. May Eric live on through every ounce of support you give.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 03:08 | Wisconsin
He was strong and encouraging. One man who truly did assist when I needed it, which I am truly grateful for.
Monday, 24 December 2012 09:40 | denver colorado
I just saw Erics last confession video and just cried my eyes out. I want to say to his wife and family how sorry I am.Please do not take this the wrong way but I don't believe in death I believe we just move on to our next journey and that someday when we all move on we to will meet with our lost loved ones again. I believe our bodies are just a tool we use to experiance this life on earth but our souls never die. You will meet again with Eric... In no way does this take away the hurt and sadness from Erics passing but I hope this will help you in any small way...
Diane Papoutsis Moul
Monday, 27 August 2012 03:27
Life is Eternal
Dear Cari, Mr. and Mrs. McLean, and Family and Friends of Eric,
I had been praying for Eric since I saw his final video. Today, I found out the sad news that his earthly life and battle is over. My heart broke. I cried. I wanted to read about a miracle. How wonderful it would be for him to be healed, to be with you all, to have a child, etc. I am so sorry for your loss. Now, I will continue to pray for all of you, especially also for the brother whose birthday will always have a shadow of sadness. I pray you will read what I wrote on August 17 in this guestbook. God blessed you with the life of Eric and the legacy he leaves as he touched the lives of countless others. His life story is inspiring. We are all here on the Earth with a purpose. God has a purpose for each of us. Not many of us will impact as many people as Eric has. However, Jesus still loves each of us and is calling us to follow Him in this life. If you never prayed a prayer similar to the one I wrote on August 17th, please pray to Jesus to become Lord of your life. God has a plan of salvation for us so that we can enjoy life eternally together when our earthly life ends. Life does not end with our last breath because we have a soul and spirit, and God promises to give us new bodies which will not experience pain and suffering. God is ready to comfort you and carry you through this time of your loss. God loves you more than any other human can. Please call to Him to be real in your life and to make Himself known to you. May God bless you with His loving presence.
With love and prayers,
Saturday, 25 August 2012 20:08 | Utah
I'm so sorry about Eric. I watched most of his You Tube videos. I admire his courage, he fought until the end. Our Heavenly Father now holds you in his arms, and you no longer are suffering. Bless you where ever you are.
Saturday, 25 August 2012 12:13 | Manitowoc
Cari & Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of Eric's passing. He fought a good fight. You are all in my thoughts and Prayers. Remember that because of Eric's determination in finding a cure and trying so hard, others will definitely have a better chance to live! Thank you for sharing your journey. Thank you for inspiring others. Thank you for your gift of Eric. XXXX <3
Saturday, 25 August 2012 05:16 | Adelaide,Australia
To Cari, and all the Mclean family,
My deepest sympathy to you all. I have been following Eric's story from the beginning and I feel like I've lost a friend even though I never met him. He was and always be inspirational. May the beautiful memories you have of Eric comfort you in this awful time.
Lots of Love
Friday, 24 August 2012 15:20
My deepest sympathy to the family of Eric Mclean. I have only briefly have been aware of his courageous fight. He truly inspired me with his strength and desire for life. He made me look and reflect at my own life and how precious every aspect really is. I admire Eric for his bravery and how he touched other peoples lives. Thoght and Prayers are with the family during this hard time.
Friday, 24 August 2012 15:15 | VENICE, Fl
Praying for the family. May God heal your hearts.
To Erics family and friends,
I am so sorry for your loss. Eric was brave and walked through fire with grace as I am sure you will do now that he his gone. I am humbled to have heard his message.
"I'll lend you for a while a child of mine," He said.
"For you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years, or twenty-two or three,
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and should his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief."
"I cannot promise he will stay; since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.
I've looked the wide world over in My search for teachers true
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love, not think the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to call to take him back again?"
"I fancied that I heard them say, "Dear Lord, Thy will be done!
For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay;
But should the angels call for him much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand!"
Edgar A Guest