May DeLuna- Schneider's Fundraising Page

May DeLuna- Schneider's Fundraising Page
Jul 20, 2009 by May DeLuna-Schneider

Racing to Save Lives

Welcome to my Team In Training home page.

I'm training to participate in a 6-9 hour Tahoe Rim Hike on September 26 as a participant of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training (TNT) hike group. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin disease and Myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of three family members. First is my step-father-in-law, Robert Stiles (pictured left), who began his battle with Large B-cell Lymphoma over two years ago. Currently, he's in remission thanks to the care he recevied. During his treatment the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was a wonderful support to him and the family. Although the next two family members are not suffering from a blood cancer, the ramifications are still the same. The second person is my sister-in-law, Evelyn DeLuna who's been battling Ovarian cancer for the past five years and is in stage four. Her condition is currently stable. Lastly, is my first cousin, Lourdes DeLuna who died within 4 months of finding out she had Colon cancer.

We need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!

Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.

I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. For any questions, please email me at:

Thanks for your support!

Honorees from my sponsors:

- Judy Rouse (Req. by Jim & Carole Elmore on 8/24/09)

- Herb Loeffler (Req. by Jim & Carole Elmore on 8/24/09)

- Kathleen Smith (Req. by Kim Solano on 8/25/09)

- Alton Bailey (Req. by Carl & Rosemarie Bailey on 9/1/09)

- Cheyeanne Gallardo (Req. by Bernadine & Henry Cruz on 9/2/09)

- Alice Wilson (Req. by Vickie & Randall Wilson on 9/16/09)

- Orlino Alcaraz (Req. by Olga Alcaraz on 9/23/09)

- Juan Asuncion (Req. by Olga Alcaraz on 9/23/09)

- Martina Asuncion (Req. by Olga Alcaraz on 9/23/09)

Hiking Blog:

9/24/09 - Two more days and counting! There's still time to donate if you haven't yet:)


9/22/09 - Last night was our "Send Off" party. I received my "Go TEAM" sweatshirt and official hike shirt (they look very cool!). The night was filled with food, fun, and lot's of information for this weekends big hike and about LLS.

I think two of the most memorable moments was 1) hearing one of our surviving honorees (Mariam) thank everyone for their efforts in raising funds for LLS. She cried as she told us her story, and was so grateful to be cancer free for the last three years thanks to the researchers that are supported by the funds being raised. The second moment was when Dr. Grant Swanson, medical director of the comprehensive cancer center at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, confirmed someone's inquire about how "finding a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma will help find a cure for ALL cancers!" You're beating them all when we help fund these reseachers. That is amazing.

Another good tidbit: Did you know that chemotherapy was first developed to treat leukemia? And now, of course, different chemotherapy regimens are used for many cancers.

Now with federal research funding being severely limited, many researchers are looking to organizations like LLS for support. PLease consider supporting them so people like Robert and Mariam have a chance to live!


9/18/09 - This week was our last track night filled with lots of core training and a few hills, and tomorrow will be our last training hike before the big one.


9/13/09 - Yesterday was dress rehearsal for our event. EIGHT hours at the pinnacles. Accuweather said it would be around the low 70's and humidity around the mid 60's; all of us that hiked that day would beg to differ. In fact one passer by hiker had a temp. gauge and said it was in the 90's. HOT!!!! We began our hike from the Hollister entrance. Our climb ascended on Condor, and brought us through the High Peaks. The views were amazing, you really felt like you were (dare I say), "king of the world". No worries, no Titanic scene happened, but I did take lot's of photos from the top. There were plenty of steep and narrow areas that challenged my fear of heights. Roy and Trudy didn't know until I said something after the high peaks were done - I was as cool as a cucumber:) since it was actually really exciting! There were these amazing cut out steps that we had to climp up that made me feel like we were doing some Mission Impossible scenes, and dark, rat infested caves that we had to climb through. What an adventure! We had lunch at the King City end of the Pinnacles- let me tell you, mozzarella string cheese never tasted so good after hiking for five hours. After lunch we were ready for the trek back. Boy were we tired and hot, but we had no choice but to go back since our cars were in Hollister - that was pretty good incentive. Sore, dirty, and ready for a good nap, we accomplished our dress rehearsal goal of finishing within seven and half to eight hours. Two more weeks before the big event!!!! Please donate if you can:)


9/5/09 - Today was our seven hour hike at Garland Park in Carmel. The weather was much cooler than last week, and I made sure I brought more water this week. Roy trained me in interval climbing-helped tremendously! We were 30 minutes shy of our seven hour mark, but we still made it through. Next week is the Pinnacles, we'll see how that goes :o


9/1/09 - I received a donation today from my sister's co-worker. She requested that I honor a family member of hers:

- Alton Bailey

My list of honorees is growing, so I think I'll make a speacial place for them on this website to keep them straight.


8/31/09 - Today was the kick-off for the Moss Landing Restaurants support week that my co-workers and I have put together. The Haute Enchilada Art Cafe, Phil's Fish Market and Eaterey, and The Whole Enchilada are generously donating a percentage of what customers spend as long as they present our flier to them. So download a copy and come chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner this week (ends Friday, September 4). Here's the link to download a copy:


8/29/09 - Today was our six hour long Big Basin hike. The last few days have been very hot, so I was hoping it would be nice and cool today; especially since we started early. But by 9am the air in the forest was stifling and I'm sure the Lockheed fire didn't help since I could still smell remnants of it.

I arrived late so I had to hurry and get my gear on and catch up with the group. It was a slow and lethargic beginning; but one shot block changed all that and my energy was up for the six hour long challenge. Within 40-50 minutes I caught up with my group. Though it was great to find them, I rather enjoyed the walk alone-it was refreshing!

One bad thing about shot blocks is you get really thirsty, so within two hours of hiking, I had drank all three liters of my water (AHHHHH). Luckily, I still had my electrolytes, apples, and chocholate milk-but also four or more hours to go in the heat. "Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!" I told my coaches and captian during lunch and they were kind enough to supply me with a bottle of water. It was treated like gold for the next three hours!!

At the end, I was exhausted and just wanted a cold shower. The soarness didn't come on until the next day. It hurt so much that I was using a cane to walk around the house. My husband saw 50 years into the future that day:)

But don't think this experience has detered me (oh no). The scenery of the water falls and forests only makes me want to do more of this on a regular basis. SO, bring on the exhaustion, soreness, and even the cane if needed! This is great - and the best part is, it's really making a difference in people's lives!


8/26/09 - I've been busy for almost two weeks now working on my fundraising campaign and a couple of events my co-workers and I are putting together for the TNT and the 3 Day Walk event. It's been great and tiring; but worth it! I received four donations in four consective days last week. Thank you Mike, Kenneth, Lisa, and Noelle. And this week some cash and check donations from Ralph and Jim and Carole Elmore--woohoo!!

We also have some Moss Landing restaurants willing to donate to our event that's coming up on August 31 - September 4. Stay tuned for fliers and details.

A few people have also requested that I honor some of their friends and family throughout my fundraising campaign:

- Judy Rouse

- Herb Loeffler

- Kathleen Smith


8/22/09 - My in-laws are here for the weekend. We reminisced the time when my step father-in-law went through his treatment. It was a great visit and a good reminder of why I'm doing this for others just like him!


8/21/09 - My brother-in-law is putting in $20 for every hike I complete. Anyone want to match him?


8/15/09 - The Lockheed smoke luckily didn't stop us from hiking up in Mt. Madonna. Great hike, but very sore:(


8/8/09 - The team and I hiked out at beautiful Fall Creek in Felton! We all joined up at Covered Bridge Park for a picnic where we had a chance to meet some honorees that survived a blood cancer. Hearing their stories just reminded me what an amazing organization TNT and the Leuekemia and Lymphoma Society is when it comes to helping save lives! Go Team!!!


8/3/08 - I met today with a couple of my co-workers who are raising funds for TNT and another cancer society in order to plan some collaborative fundraising events. Stay tuned for more announcement updates.


8/1/09 - Finished my first full week of training at Elkhorn Slough Reserve!

The Power of Your Money

$1000 Supports one week's salary for a medical researcher at UCSF, Stanford, or Berkeley.

$500 Provides a blood cancer patient with financial assistance for one year

$200 Provides a Family Support Group Program for one year for a patient and their family.

$150 Allows 5 patients to make a First Connection with a trained peer volunteer.

$100 Provides 3 patients access to an information teleconference.

$75 Is the average cost of tissue typing to become a bone marrow donor.

$50 Is the cost of a CT scan

$40 Is the cost of sending a comprehensive packet of information for children with cancer.

$35 Pays for transportation expenses for a patient living in Northern Califonia's most rural areas to treatment at a comprehensive cancer center.

$25 Covers a single prescription co-payment

$5 Is the cost of sending a newly diagnosed patient information about support and their disease.

Please know that EVERY DOLLAR makes a difference! Take these facts into consideration as you donate.


Supporter Comments

    "May, good luck to you and all who are participating for working towards bringing awareness and ultimately a cure. May God bless your work and strengthen you to reach the goal in front of you. Michael"

    Michael Car

    Wed Sep 23 03:34:43 EDT 2009

    "Go Team... May, you are awesome for doing this."

    Mike Prince

    Wed Aug 19 07:48:05 EDT 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,200.00 | Goal: $3,000.00
107 %

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In Honor of

Robert Stiles

My Thanks To

David George $500.00
Marcelo Camaya $100.00
Victor Patino $100.00
Lolita Reyes $100.00
Linda Mones $100.00
Kristin Hunter-Thomson $100.00
Kamille Hammerstrom $100.00
Kenneth Coale $100.00
Mike Prince $100.00
Jonathan Schneider $90.00
Mary Almonte $75.00
Noelle Yochum $75.00
May DeLuna-Schneider $60.00
Jeff Turpin $50.00
Gayle Stiles $50.00
Olga Alcaraz $50.00
James Sawyers $50.00
Elma Fontillas $50.00
Hermansita Esteban $50.00
Michael Car $50.00
Maria Freitas $50.00
Cecelia McHaffie $50.00
Nerio Mones $50.00
Emma Velasco $50.00
Sammarye Lewis $50.00
Carl Bailey $40.00
Bernadine Cruz $40.00
Hamlin Properties LLC $35.71
The Moss Landing Inn $35.03
Juanito Bragado $35.00
Cecilia Lumicao $35.00
Evangelina Canales $35.00
Elvira Martinez $30.00
Dencio Abuda $30.00
Marvin Barker $30.00
Rosemary Guerrero $25.00
Castro Rayray $25.00
Thomas Sullivan $25.00
Marc Dauphine $25.00
Silvia Mazariegos $25.00
Phil's Fish Market & Eate... $25.00
Lorraine Viehmann $25.00
Vickie Wilson $25.00
Phil's Fish Market & Eate... $25.00
Mary Tambellini $25.00
N H Sutphin $25.00
Lolita Bragailo $25.00
Donald Catalano $25.00
John Schmeider $25.00
Michelle Keefe $25.00
Mary Kristich $20.00
Stella Jagich $20.00
Ledecia, Wilfredo Montejo $20.00
Maria Martinez $20.00
Romeo Esteban $20.00
Lolita Opiana $15.00
James Elmore $15.00
Judy Mapes $10.00
Sonya Sankaran $10.00
David Mulligan $10.00
Anton Car $10.00
Pedro Moreno $10.00
Ralph Dzuro $10.00
Eola Cross $10.00
Karen Morgan $5.00
Ida Bobeda $5.00
Maria Zorra $5.00
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