The recent accusations of acts of corruption against the mayors of Cataño and Guaynabo affected the routes planned for the thirteenth edition of the walk “gives life”, which the comedian performs Raymond Arrieta for the benefit of patients at the Oncological Hospital at the Medical Center in Río Piedras.
Originally the walk would end on Friday, December 17 in the town of Cataño, but once the now former mayor Félix “Caño” Delgado resigned due to mismanagement of public funds, the production decided to change the point of arrival. Then it was announced that the arrival would be at the Paseo Tablado in Guaynabo, which, likewise, was canceled after the arrest by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of Mayor Ángel Pérez for alleged acts of conspiracy, extortion and bribery.
“It makes you want to laugh, but it’s brutal,” reacted Raymond Arrieta. “It’s good that they catch them, but the town is already tired, and the bad thing about this is that he who does things well, one does not trust either. There is the distrust of the people. There is a lot of corruption, blatantly ”.
It is expected that tomorrow, Friday, the new arrival point of the trek will be announced, which will begin next Monday from Caguas.
This will be the first time in thirteen years that the charity activity is carried out this Christmas season, but it was due to the outbreak of COVID-19 cases that occurred at the beginning of the summer, when it was traditionally carried out.
“We had to do it now or do it now. There was no break, so the time came, and we hope it will be five beautiful days, even if a downpour falls on us. We have to achieve it so that that money is not lost, because we had the auspices and that money must be used ”, said the artist.
Odette M. Negrón Aponte, operational director of the Oncology Hospital, reported that the money raised will continue to be used to purchase medications and treatments for patients. They will also use a part of the proceeds to cover the recent investments made in PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) equipment.
Another change in this edition is that the television presenter will be able to come home each night to sleep and the next day to arrive at the starting point and continue. On Tuesday, December 14, inclusive, it will make the route from the Isla Verde Spa in Carolina, it will end in the Luis Muñoz Marín Park in San Juan and at night it will be on the program “Raymond y sus amigos” (Telemundo).
For this year, he indicated, he did a different training based on the new practice of “fit boxing.”
“As I get bored with training, because what I did was that I got to do fit boxing, which is a mix of boxing, cardio, cross fit, and free weights. It’s 45 minutes, you burn 500 calories in 45 minutes and it’s a clean stick, so I’ve been in that training for a year and a month and I love it, ”Arrieta shared shortly before starting the“ Day by Day ”broadcast today.
“Da vida” will end in issue 15
Raymond Arrieta promised himself and those who work with him around this initiative that he will walk for the next two years until he completes 15 walks and will stop permanently.
“I’m going to stop at 15. I’m going to do two more,” he said. By then he will be 56 years old.
He appreciated the good physical condition that this activity has required him to have for the past 13 years, but more than that he appreciated the approach he has had to the cause, to patients and to people in general.
“People have known me well and the affection I have taken for them … This changed my life very hard and when it is over I will miss it. I continue to help … That I can dedicate time to the hospital and do volunteer work, I would like that ”, he said.
This edition will include the towns of Caguas, Carolina, San Juan, Hatillo, Arecibo, Trujillo Alto and the last one remains to be announced.
Contributions for the walk can be made by buying official shirts and caps in the Me Salvé stores; donating to the account at First Bank # 8852002709, via ATH Móvil at 787-504-4454 and through the portal ligacancerpr.org.
As of Monday, December 13 and until the 20th there will be a telephone bank, between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, to also make donations. The number is 787-641-2226.
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The “Da vida” walk will no longer end in Guaynabo