Music producer, former DJ and winner of the Battle of the DJ's for the original WKTU 92-FM (New York), co-founder of independent record label Cutting Records (1983), served on the NARAS Latin Advisory Committee New York Chapter (1998-2000), NARAS Board of Governors New York Chapter (2002-2003). GRAMMY-nominated Latin artist groups: Fulanito (2000 & 2007) and Chico Malo (2001); record label hits: 2 In A Room "Wiggle It", Corina "Temptation", Sa-Fire "Don't Break My Heart", Hashim "Al Naafyish (The Soul)" and "Instrumental in the burgeoning Urban Latin movement"


I had never heard of Pontine Glioma until John's son, Cristian, was diagnosed with this disease. I believe the Cristian Rivera Foundation will bring great awareness to this terrible illness. It is my honor to be part of the Cristian Rivera Foundation and help bring upon an understanding to this understated and implicit disease. I've known John "Gungie" Rivera for many years and although I never had the pleasure of meeting his brave son Cristian, I felt an immediate attachment to him as I viewed multiple videos of him playing with his Thomas Trains and the wonderful brave stories of this young boy. We all have a purpose in life and I do believe Cristian's short time in this life and his father's relentless pursuit to find a cure for Pontine Glioma will one day come to fruition.