Saturday, July 18, 2009

I thought I would include a photo of our trusty buddy Robino tonight :) Beto and my mom returned from Qeuretaro this afternoon. Beto had the bone marrow biopsy and is resting well. The doctor said that if he found cancer in the bone marrow, he would call and if no cancer was found in the marrow, they would not hear from him tonight. So far, no call from the doctor!!!!!! This is wonderful! They will See him again Wednesday to go over the tests from Mexico City and determine the exact day for treatment, hopefully the same day. This is all I have for now, but wanted to share with everyone the good news from today! Thank you all for your continued support and kind emails. I know I keep saying this, but Beto and my mother have incredible friends.

Much love to you all,


Friday, July 17, 2009

I wanted to give you all an update for the day. Beto has been resting well all day and had some wonderful visitors. They will see the hematologist tomorrow in Queretaro for a bone marrow biopsy and then back to the hematologist probably Wednesday when the test results from Mexico City (telling us where the cancer has spread) will be available. The hematologist will know more about the exact day to start chemo after their follow-up appointment on Wednesday, but they are thinking for sure next week. Tomorrow is just for the bone marrow test. Please pray that Beto's body is strong and had progress healing from the surgery so they can start chemo Wednesday.

I want to thank everyone for making this chemo next week possible. Without all of you it would not be. You are truly an amazing group of people and the reason this treatment is happening. Thank you does not even begin to cover it. I wish there was something I could do for each and every one of you. That is all I have for now, but will post after the appointment tomorrow.

God Bless,


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thank you!

I wanted to thank you for the emails today. I have forwarded them on to Beto so he can feel encouraged. I spoke with him on his way back from Mexico City and he sounded good! He is very moved by all of your support. They will have the test results in 48 hours, thus causing the doctor to re-schedule his appointment to Wednesday. Please pray that the tests show that the cancer has not spread and is isolated. Thank you all for a wonderful day!


Good Morning!

Beto and my mom are currently at the doctor getting the tests done, which will reveal where the cancer has spread in the body. I will let you all know as soon as I hear anything.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone, as I have received such an amazing response. Beto has wonderful friends and I know he loves you all dearly, as I hear about many of you often! I thought that it was important that you all knew what we are trying to raise for the chemotherapy. The hematologist gave us the number $100,000 for getting through the treatment plan. I am absolutely thrilled to say that we have raised $11,200 thus far! One donation was $10,000 which is incredible!! Thank you so very much to this dear friend. I know that most of us are feeling some sort of cruch financially during these times, so it really means a lot. The prayers are just as important so thank you for all of the lovely emails expressing your thoughts.

Thank you all,


Wednesday, July 15, 2009


We currently have a private account set up for Beto if you would like to mail in a check. Please make checks payable to The 'Beto" Martinez Medical Fund PO BOX 1 Corona, NM 88318.

I will keep you updated on other ways to donate as they become available.

Again, if you have questions regarding these donations, please call and I will be happy to give you information about the bank and the donation process.


Day 3

Who is Natalie Smith... I wanted to clear up who I was, as many of you have asked. I am Anita Middleton's daughter. Beto is my step-father and good friend. I thank you all for your speedy responses and prayers for Beto thus far. They are on their way to Mexico City for the test that will let us know exactly where the cancer has spread in the body.  I will post an update as soon as I have one. As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Day 2

Beto and my mother went to the specialist today and were told the news that the cancer has reached stage 4 and chemotherapy is needed immediately. They would like to wait a few days to start in order to give him the opportunity to heal a bit more from the spinal surgery. Please pray for a speedy recovery from the surgery so 'Beto' can receive the chemo as soon as possible. He and my mother are traveling to Mexico City tomorrow for extended testing that will show where and to what other parts of the body the cancer has spread. Please pray for good news on this report as well and for safe travels. 


Monday, July 13, 2009

The First Day

Today I started the 'Beto' Martinez Medical Fund. The Fund was created to give financial support to 'Beto' in his fight against Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Beto is my step-father and married to my mother, Anita Middleton. I am overwhelmingly moved by the support, thoughts and prayers that have already come in. I am so thankful for those who helped me get the fund off the ground. Thank you to Janet Kafka, Donna Brenner Bando, and Z for making all this possible. I hope you all check back with us often to see how your donations are helping Beto live and fight this battle. I will be updating weekly (if not more often) to let you all know exactly what your donations are helping with that month. 

You can donate online through the website or by phone at 970.443.7840

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about your donations. I am happy to help! Please spread the word.


Alberto Martinez is 46 years young. He is a strong mountain biking professional and loves the mountains, hiking and sharing his knowledge of the culture and history of the area on the famous tours he gives his clients. He loves the land and respects the planet and all its inhabitants large and small.

Beto is a wonderful son who provides for his Mother and Father. He is an uncle that teaches his nieces and nephews as if they were his own about biking, the environment, working hard, and the importance of giving back and generosity.

He loves all people and helps the poor and underprivileged, always offering a helping hand when needed and donating his time and knowledge to children and archaeological groups. A true humanitarian, Beto needs our help now. Please give to the ‘Beto’ Martinez Medical Fund and help save a wonderful life.

God Bless you all.