L.I.F.E. sends hugs to D'Ann Buck

May 12, 2012 -  D’Ann Buck, a 22 year old college student recently broke her back due to a cancerous tumor. On January 7, 2012, a spinal fusion surgery using 2 titanium rods and 8 screws was performed. On January 16, 2012, D’Ann was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Cancer (Blood Cancer) which is very rare in a young adult. Putting her life on hold to fight this cancer, she has started radiation treatments, then will need chemotherapy along with a bone marrow transplant or stem cell treatment.  This has been a devastating time for her and her family after losing their sole income to a barn fire in November.

On Saturday May 12th, a benefit was held for her involving a 5k run/walk that kicked off at 8:00am.  Mike and Megan McLean drove through the night to be there and run where they met up with fellow teammate Brian Schley as well.  Mike and Brian took 3rd and 4th place, and Megan finished 1st among the pregnant women division.  :)

Later that afternoon, Eric, Mike, Lindsey, Mary, Cari, and Megan McLean all attended the rest of the D'Ann Buck Benefit in Newton, WI where they met with her and gave her a large sum of fundraised money to help them with their cancer related medical expenses!  The rest of the benefit involved a volleyball tournament, a kickball tournament, a silent auction, live band, children's games, concession stands, and more.  There were so many people there, literally hundreds upon hundreds of cars in the parking lot.  The support that community showed that day was incredible.  Go D'Ann go!


  • 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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  • 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
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    ~ Christopher Reeve
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