University President Mark B. Rosenberg joined Joshua Paz, Mr. Relay, and Natalie Agramonte, Ms. Relay, in the cutting of the ribbon which started the fundraising event. Cancer killed Paz’s grandfather. Now his grandmother battles the resurgence of breast cancer. That’s why Relay for Life matters to him. “It directly affected me and it’s something I truly do care about,” said Paz, brother of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. It is Paz’s first year here at the University, but not his first Relay for life.
In high school, he participated in other American Cancer Society events outside of the University. Kawi Gonzalez, associate director for Relay for Life said that this year’s Relay for Life raised $115,526.80, not including online and credit card donations which are still being processed. This year’s monetary goal surpassed last year’s. “Of course we were able to do that because of all the teams and all the people that went to the event, in which this year seemed like a lot more than last,” said Gonzalez. “We were extremely excited.”