L.I.F.E. donates $10,000 to McArdle, makes 5pm news with Leigh Mills

On Monday, October 24, 2011 Eric and Mike met with Dr. James Shull and Dr. Jing Zhang of the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research and donated $10,000 towards a leukemia research study on behalf of L.I.F.E.  They received a super cool tour of the building, and Dr. Zhang invited them to attend her Oncology 703 course which they both did!

Dr. Shull is the Centennial Professor and Chairman, Department of Oncology and the Director of the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research.  Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Oncology and operates a research lab at McArdle that is focused on understanding how endogenous Ras/Raf/MEK signaling regulates development in leukemogenesis and tumorigenesis.  She is a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Postdoctoral Fellow, has received the Shaw Scientist Award (Greater Milwaukee Foundation), the Howard Temin Scientist Award (National Cancer Institute), the ASH Scholar Award (American Society of Hematology), and the V Scholar Award (V Foundation for Cancer Research).

Later Eric and Mike were interviewed live on NBC 15 by Emmy Award winning Leigh Mills to talk about Eric's latest progress, as well a the donation to cancer research.  Click here to watch the live interview that aired on NBC15 on Monday October 24, 2011!

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Zhang, Eric, Mike, and Dr. Shull.  (Click for larger image)


  • 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
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  • 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.
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