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I did 12 miles !!!
Dec 27, 2012 by Maria Pretelt

It’s a big sacrifice to wake up every saturday at 4:30-5am to go to practice.

Although, it’s a small one if you compare it to what patients with cancer have to go through.

Even though I have not made it to all of THE practices, I’ve ran enough miles to feel prepared to run 13.1 miles in January 27th in the ING Half Marathon in Miami.

I used to run for fun, more than 2.5 years ago. The most miles I did was 8 miles. But I never checked my time, my pace or my heart rate. I just did it. Between walking and running.

When I had to do the 8 miles in practice I was a little nervous, I’m not gonna lie. But it helps so much to have a team motivating you, people around you giving their best to make it ‘til the end AND people waiting for you at the finish line.

Thankfully, I did the 8 miles and ended in pretty good shape. I felt like I could have kept going, which motivated me even more and got me super excited.

When I had to do the 12 miles, I was way more nervous. I had never done 12 miles in my life.

The day before practice that Saturday, I kicked a table and couldn’t put my running shoes on. So I missed practiced and felt like #$% because I thought I could NOT 12 miles by myself.

On sunday morning I managed to go out and run, at least 5-6 miles to feel I did something.

I almost don’t start because it looked like it was gonna rain. My bf pushed me to do it anyway and just go back in the building if it started raining.

It ended up been a really nice day. Sunny (which doesn’t help that much) but shades in some parts of the way.

When I did 6 miles I pushed myself a little more and said ok, 2 more.

And at 8 I thought to myself, omg if Im at 8 what’s the point on not doing 4 more. So I went for the 12 and finished at 12.1 miles.

I felt a funny pain in my knees and feet that I have never felt before. I put some ice on my knees and slept like a baby. The next day I woke up like if nothing had happened. That right there let me know that Im stronger physically and mentally than what I have ever thought.

And if feels $%^&* goooood !!!! and even better when it’s for a good cause !!!!!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me during this journey. And most importantly, thank you for supporting all the patients with cancer that need you.

If you haven’t, please I’d like to raise a few more hundreds, click on DONATE HERE!

All donations are tax deductible.

It takes more than one person to beat cancer. Even the smallest donation it’s huge for all the patients !!!


Maria Luisa

Brandon Times' story
Dec 27, 2012 by Maria Pretelt

Brandon Times was born in California on March 22, 1997 and passed away on March 17, 2004 at the age of 6. We will remember him forever.

Brandon was diagnosed with ALL (T-Cell Leukemia) on 1/23/03. Brandon relapsed in October and had a bone marrow transplant on February 10, 2004. On March 17, 2004 Brandon lost the battle with cancer. Throughout his 14 month battle, Brandon never complained. He endured unthinkable chemo and radiation treatments. Why he had to suffer so we will never understand. Brandon's beautiful smile, his soft skin, his kind and compassionate ways, and his strong will to live are dearly missed. The life of Brandon is honored, not the disease he battled. This poem says it all.

You can shed tears that he is gone, Or you can smile because he has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back, Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left

Your heart can be empty because you can't see him, Or you can be full of the love that you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember him and only that he is gone, Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, Or you can do what he would want:

smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

-Laura Times, Brandon's Mom

Maria Luisa Pretelt
Oct 09, 2012

There are situations in life that nobody is able to predict. An accident, an illness, bankruptcy, and many other moments that can be life changing. My name is Maria Luisa Pretelt and I'm 26 years old. I have a marvelous family, which was unexpectedly hurt when my dad suffered from a heart attack. I'm thankful to God for his survival, and the blessing for him to enjoy a normal life. Our family's solidarity was tested, coming out stronger and more united than ever.

This situation made me mature and reflect on what I could do to help people in need.

Two years ago my aunt was unexpectedly diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer. A woman of great worth, hard worker, entrepreneur, with the role of mother and father. The attitude with which we encounter a situation like this, strongly influences our ability to survive it, and thats how she started to fight. On the medical side, she was supported by organizations who have aimed their efforts to accomplish the right treatments for their patients, which are excessively expensive and a great amount of people lack the resources to receive these treatments.

In Panama there is a high indigenous population living in isolated areas. When diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma they need to be transferred with the company of a family member to an area possessing the necessary equipment and adequate staff. They need a cost-free lodging location cause the cost of the treatment and medication are very expensive.

I recently received news about my mother's friend, Dony. She's a 40 year old woman full of life, mother of three, who suddenly fainted. Since her husband was out of town, she called my mother asking her to take her to a nearby clinic. The person who ran tests on her urgently asked my mother to get in touch with the husband and let him know what they had just found. Her hemoglobin was in 4, so she had to be transported from their hometown to the capital city, to an oncology hospital, where they diagnosed her of leukemia. She urgently needed a spinal transplant, and her only sister, who lives in the US traveled to Panama hoping she could donate her bone marrow in order to save her life. Unfortunately, it wasn't compatible, so Dony entered the long list of individuals hoping to have the blessing of being a SURVIVOR. To this day she is still submitted to radiations, until a compatible donor is found for the transplant procedure.

I'm in the US for a few years now, and although my experiences respecting this issue are more related to my country, I know there is a necessity for more research everywhere and I strongly feel this is what we need so more people can receive the appropriate type of support.

LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) is an organization I have joined to contribute in helping over 800,000 US citizens who are victims of this disease and deserve an opportunity to SURVIVE. I am excited to say that on January 27th, I will be running the ING Miami 1/2 Marathon, which is a 13.3 mile run geared towards the contribution for the liberation of our patients' struggle. Besides being tax deductible, this contribution will work to find solutions and bring happiness to many affected families.

There is a saying that goes: FOR YOU TODAY, AND FOR ME TOMORROW.

This disease does not respect economical conditions, sex, age or religion. And nobody knows when something like this could happen. This is why I encourage everyone to come together as donors for this journey that may directly or indirectly touch our lives.

It's a race, but more than that, its the demonstration of affection and solidarity, with the intention of letting our patients know THEY ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS STRUGGLE.


Hay situaciones en la vida que nadie puede predecir. Un accidente, una enfermedad, la bancarrota y muchos otros momentos que nos cambian la vida en un segundo.

Mi nombre es María Luisa Pretelt y tengo 25 años. Tengo una familia maravillosa, que inesperadamente se vio golpeada cuando mi papa sufrió un infarto. Le agradezco a Dios porque sobrevivió y hoy día tenemos la bendición de disfrutar una vida normal. Nuestra solidaridad familiar fue puesta a prueba, saliendo fortalecida y nuestra familia más unida que nunca.

Esta experiencia me hizo madurar y reflexionar sobre cómo puedo ayudar a personas que lo necesitan.

Hace 2 años a mi tía le diagnosticaron cáncer cérvico uterino avanzado. Una mujer de gran valía, trabajadora, emprendedora, madre y padre a la vez. El sobrevivir una situación como esta depende en parte de la actitud con la que la enfrentamos, y es así como ella empezó su lucha.

La parte médica, la aportaron organizaciones que han encaminado sus esfuerzos en lograr que estos pacientes tengan los tratamientos adecuados, los cuales resultan excesivamente costosos y gran cantidad de personas no cuentan con los recursos para recibirlos.

En Panamá tenemos un porcentaje alto de indígenas, que viven en zonas aisladas. Al diagnosticárseles leucemia o linfoma deben ser trasladados con un familiar a un área donde cuenten con el equipo necesario y el personal adecuado. Allí necesitan un lugar donde albergarse bajo ningún costo ya que los tratamientos y medicamentos son sumamente costosos.

Recientemente recibí noticias acerca de una amiga de mi mamá. Ella es una mujer de 40 años, aparentemente llena de vida y madre de tres hijos que repentinamente sufrió un desmayo. Al no estar su esposo en la ciudad, llamó a mi mamá para que la acompañara a un laboratorio cercano. La licenciada que efectuó la prueba pidió comunicarse urgentemente con su esposo pues necesitaba ponerle al tanto de lo que encontró. Su hemoglobina estaba en 4, por lo que debió ser trasladada de donde vive a la capital, al hospital oncológico, donde le diagnosticaron leucemia. Ella necesitaba un trasplante de médula urgente y su única hermana que vivía en los Estados Unidos se trasladó a Panamá con la esperanza de poder hacer la donación de médula ósea y así salvar su vida. Lamentablemente, no es compatible y entró Dony (cariñoso apodo) a formar parte de la interminable lista de personas que esperan tener la dicha de ser SOBREVIVIENTES. Ahora mismo está sometida a las radiaciones hasta que aparezca un donante compatible.

Estoy en los Estados Unidos hace pocos años y aunque mis experiencias respecto a este problema están más relacionadas con mi país, creo firmemente en la necesidad de investigar, para que más personas puedan recibir el apoyo necesario.

LLS, (LEUKEMIA & SIMPHOMA SOCIETY) es una organización a la cual me he sumado para ayudar a los más de 800,000 estadounidenses que sufren de esta terrible enfermedad y que merecen la oportunidad de SOBREVIVIR. Me siento emocionada al decir que en Enero 27 correré la media Maratón ING aquí en Miami, que son 13.3 millas para contribuir hacia la liberación de la lucha de nuestros pacientes. Aparte de ser deducible de impuestos, esta contribución va a trabajar en busca de soluciones y dará felicidad a muchas familias afectadas.

Hay un adagio que dice HOY POR TI, MAÑANA POR MI.

Esta enfermedad no respeta condiciones económicas, edad, sexo o religión. Y no se sabe en qué momento algo así puede suceder. Es por esto que los animo a todos a unirse como donantes por esta causa que toca nuestras vidas directa o indirectamente.

Es una carrera, pero más que una carrera es una demostración de cariño y solidaridad con el propósito de hacerles saber a nuestros pacientes que NO ESTÁN SOLOS EN ESTA BATALLA.

María Luisa


Supporter Comments

    "Best wishes on your Maria!! We thank you for doing this and will always support you. Yours truly, YOUKANDUIT, inc."

    Peter Kandu

    Sat Jan 26 10:37:34 EST 2013

    "Your first surprise of 2013 my little baby Maria! I Love You, Gianfranco."

    Gianfranco Dossena

    Tue Jan 01 04:08:38 EST 2013

    "Finally... there you go girl!!!"

    Fernando Gonzalez

    Wed Nov 14 08:57:02 EST 2012

    "Miss You very much."

    Ricky Blu

    Mon Nov 12 10:51:19 EST 2012

    "Im very proud of the fact you are fighting for a great cause! You have my full support!"

    samantha velez

    Mon Nov 12 07:05:17 EST 2012

    "Para todos las personas que padecen esta traicionera enfermedad un mensaje de solidaridad y amor. Tengan fe y valor que en el mundo hay muchas personas que luchan por lograr recursos en favor de ustedes"


    Sat Nov 10 10:03:15 EST 2012

    "Amazing girl. Always happy to support such spectacular causes. Good luck with the run. Big kisses"

    Kate Elsworth

    Tue Oct 23 11:15:27 EDT 2012

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Mednas $250.00
Peter Kandu $170.00
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Antonella Alessandria $100.00
Daniella F. Anguizola $100.00
Ricky Blu $100.00
BES $100.00
Olga Pretelt $100.00
Natalia Penate $50.00
Ron Eppinger $50.00
Clarise Lacerda $25.00
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