• Created in honor of Eric McLean, the Leukemia Ironman Fundraiser for Eric (L.I.F.E.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to cancer survivorship by providing assistance to cancer patients in need, scholarship programs, and donating to cancer research laboratories. We will help draw awareness and contribute towards finding more effective treatments, and one day, a cure.

Eric's Surprise at CIM - by Danny Craven

Danny Craven

My name is Danny, I live in Texas and I've known Mike McLean for almost 10 years now.  I never got the chance to meet Eric, but we chatted several times about his treatments, and the various races I do.  Whenever I race, a small batman figurine is always with me whether in my shoe, my hat, or positioned on my bike handlebars.

On the first weekend in December, I traveled from my home in Austin, TX to Sacramento, CA to participate in the California International Marathon.  I say compete because this would be a new type of marathon experience for me, one where I am running to aid another runner rather than for my own goals.  I was set to run with Matt Oliver, who currently resides in San Diego, CA, was attempting to set a new PR and achieve first in his particular division for the race.  Matt is blind, after losing his sight around age 14.  He can run a blazing fast marathon around 3 hours and 10 minutes, but this time he was aiming to achieve some new goals.  Among them, set a new PR, break 3 hours, and win the USABA division (also the National Championship Event) - no big deal, right?

L.I.F.E. Blood Drive a Huge Success!

LIFE Blood Drive
November 7, 2015 - Thank you to every one who came out today. We collected 46 units of whole blood and 5 double red cell units!  This could have the potential of saving over 150 lives, thank you for helping to make a difference.  Stay tuned for the next drive!  If you missed it and want to donate, please contact your local blood donation center.  Also, if you are not on the national bone marrow registry, joining is easy and requires only a simple oral swab - click here to learn more!


  • 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
  • Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men. ~ Albert Einstein
  • 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.
    ~ Winston Churchill