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Two Rivers native, 24, gets third cancer diagnosis, authors bucket list

McLean Family - June 2009
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By Helen Clarke • Herald Times Reporter • June 10, 2009

TWO RIVERS — When the news came this time, Eric McLean was alone, sitting in a patient room at Froedtert's Life clinic in Milwaukee.

It was there that the 24-year-old Two Rivers native was told for the third time in his life that he has cancer.

It was the first time he didn't have a parent by his side to cushion the blow. And it was the first time he realized leukemia was going to kill him.

Eric left the cancer center in a daze, stopped on the hospital's front lawn and picked up the phone to call his mother, Mary McLean. On the other end of the line, she expected to hear, "Happy birthday, mom." Instead, she was greeted with a nightmare.

"The anger and the unfairness of this is just so consuming," Mary said Tuesday — four days after getting that call. "I told him, 'I brought you into this world; I'm not going to let you go without a fight.'"

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  • 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
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