L.I.F.E. was established in 2003 as a resource that provides advocacy, education, information, and financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance (gas, hotel stays, hospital bills, medication costs, and co-pays) to families caring for terminally, critically, and chronically ill young adults between the age of 18 and 30 affected by cancer. We are also able to help make a person’s last wishes (bucket list) come true. The amount given can vary according to the family’s situation, as well as availability of funds. If the application is approved, funds are sent directly to the family to be used for whatever is needed.
The history of the L.I.F.E. organization involves a young man from Two Rivers, WI named Eric McLean. On June 23, 2003 he was first diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia at just 18 years old. Eric’s older brother Mike signed up to compete in the Ironman Wisconsin that fall for him, and his father Brian came up with the monniker Leukemia Ironman Fundraiser for Eric (L.I.F.E.).