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2018 February Newsletter

Cristian Rivera Foundation
February 2018 Newsletter

February 2018 Newsletter
February 2018 Newsletter


Cristian Rivera Foundation 2018
February Newsletter

February is a special month; A time to display your feelings for your friends and family for their love and support throughout the year. This February has been an amazing month for the Cristian Rivera Foundation, and that’s all because of your love and support of our foundation.

This past week, Lisha Ayala, A DIPG patient who is participating in the clinical trials that the Cristian Rivera Foundation is funding, received her quarterly MRI results.  The tests were stable with no activity or tumor growth!  This is her 5th year living with DIPG, providing the medical community an opportunity to learn more and make monumental strides in research.

Lisha continues to live the life of a normal teenager and has given us hope that we are close to a cure.  This is all possible through your love and support of our mission.

The Cristian Rivera Foundation also hit another milestone this month by receiving a Platinum status on GuideStar.org

GuideStar.org is the non-profit industry leader in analysis and public information.   Guidestar.org issues their rating on transparency and the positive activity conducted in the non-profit community.

The Cristian Rivera Foundation is honored to be awarded a Platinum Status for our efforts, commitment and transparency.

One can only be excited for what’s to come the next couple of months. Our foundation has so many events planned for 2018.  We have our Raffle Project, the 1st Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation “Full Steam Ahead 5K” Sat June 9th, the 3rd Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Freestyle Flashback Boat ride Sat July 21st, The Children’s Book “Cristian’s Journey” will be out in the Spring and the 10th Annual Cristian Foundation Celebrity Gala will take place on Wednesday, November 14th.

Please visit our website at cristianriverafoundation.org and stay connected with all of our events, view our gallery and sign our guestbook to let us know you stopped by!

We would like to thank everyone who has supported our foundation by attending, sponsoring, and donating. Lastly, all of us at the Cristian Rivera Foundation wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day! Show love to our foundation with your kind donation today!

Speaking of great supporters and being part of our journey, CRF’s highlighted Member of the Month is Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member Paul Pristavec. Paul has been an incredible member.

Who is Paul Pristavec?
Paul Pristavec, a Staten Island native father of 6, is a Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch. He joined Merrill Lynch in 1992 and has been advising high net worth individuals and wealthy families since 1996. He is a parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church and is involved in charitable work for the Archdiocese of New York.  Paul Coaches CYO basketball at Our Lady Star of the Sea. Paul loves to take his children to all their sporting events. Paul and his wife Dana reside in the Tottenville section of Staten Island.

What does it mean to you to be a part of the Cristian Rivera Foundation?
Being a part of the Cristian Rivera Foundation is rewarding in so many ways. Being a father of 6, I can’t imagine what it must feel like to lose a child. It means so much to me to be a part of an organization that is giving back and making a difference in the lives of so many children and families.  

What is your proudest moment as a Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member?
My proudest moment as a Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member was on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, when I learned about Lisha’s progress. Lisha’s MRI results came up favorable and I’m honored to have been a part of that. This is a reminder of why I am involved in the Cristian Rivera Foundation and put in the time that I do. Lisha is proof that we are headed in the right direction and that one day, we will not fear DIPG.

All donations to the Cristian Rivera Foundation are tax deductible and money raised by the Cristian Rivera Foundation goes to the suffering families, doctors and hospitals working tirelessly towards finding a find for the deadly pediatric brain tumor known as DIPG.

To give a donation, please visit http://cristianriverafoundation.org/donation.html
All donations are appreciated and go a long way. Please be sure to follow us on Twitter @TweetCRF, Instagram @cristianriverafoundationand like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crisitanriverafoundation to stay up to date on the latest news and all of our exciting new upcoming events for 2018!

Our MissionThe mission of the Cristian Rivera Foundation is to help find the cure for

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable
and incurable brain stem tumor.

What is DIPG
(Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma)?

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma or DIPG, is a Rare, Inoperable Brain Stem Tumor that predominantly affects children between the ages of 2 and 10. Only 200-300 cases are discovered in the United States each year and because there is no cure, it’s young victims only have an average of 3-18 months to live, after they’ve been diagnosed. There are NO SURVIVORS.

Who is
The Cristian Rivera Foundation?

The Cristian Rivera Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that works tirelessly, in order to raise awareness and funds to one day put a STOP to this disease. The Cristian Rivera Foundation funds the work of Dr. Mark Souweidane of Weill Cornell Medical Center – Memorial Sloane (Kettering) Cancer Center and Dr. Oren Becher of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Lurie Cancer center at Northwestern University. Both Doctors are conducting promising research and trials that have shown promising results. We are CLOSE to a CURE!

How Can You Help:
  • Help us by making a Donation.
  • Every Donation Big or Small, will help us achieve our goal.
  • Help spread the word to your family, friends and Colleagues.
Thank You again and may this be the year we say goodbye to DIPG,
(Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma),
FOREVER!
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(Founder of The Cristian Rivera Foundation & “Forever Cristian’s Daddy”)

Board of Directors:
Andy Epstein and Darlene Rodriguez.
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Committee Members:
Aldo Marin, Alex Garcia, Carlos Colon,
Carlos Yepez, Ed Martin, Elis Pacheco,
Fernando Ferrer, Jarrad Seuferling,
Jesse Allison, Kenan Thompson, Louie Vega,
Luis Guzman, Meiling Macias Toro, Nirav Patel,
Paul Pristavec, Rafael Toro, Ramon E. Javier,
Robert Vazquez, Steve Cox, Tony Ferrara
and Vito Bruno.

Director:
Vicky Estrella

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Ben Velazquez, Dr. Manuel A. Moran,
Dennis Rodriguez, Edward Caban,
Mark Rosner, Modesto Lacen, Pablo Diaz,
Robert Dominguez, Teddy “Tedsmooth” Mendez
and William Pla.
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Honorary Committee Members:
The Late Anthony Mason
and The Late Miriam Colon.
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Ami Ferrara, David Rodriguez,
Ginalisa Monterroso and Karla De Epstein

 

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Once again No Growth,
No activity on Lisha Ayala’s Feb 2018 MRI

CRF BREAKING NEWS- The Cristian Rivera Foundation is pleased to announce that Lisha Ayala received her quarterly MRI results and she has shown No sign of Tumor Growth. What does that mean? It means that your generosity has helped us underwrite the clinical trials that she is participating in. It means, that for the last 5 years Lisha Ayala has been able to grow into a young adult and show the world that we can beat DIPG. Your support, your generosity and your dedication to the Cristian Rivera Foundation has made Lisha’s journey possible! We thank you, Lisha Thanks you, and the families impacted by DIPG thank you.

7 Time Grammy Nominee/Grammy Winner/
Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member Louie Vega

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Louie Vega

Thanks to a change in the rules, remixers are now getting credit for their impact on music culture.

Remixes are a major part of the way music evolves in the 21st century. They build bridges between genres and they connect cultures around the world. Now Spotify is making some changes designed to give remixers the credit they deserve.

For the first time, streams of remixes will count toward the remixer’s monthly listeners. (This update applies to all songs with a remix credit dating back to the beginning of 2015.) Remixes are also now eligible to appear in the Popular and Latest Releases sections of the remixer’s artist profile—a feature you may have noticed since it was rolled out in October 2017. Finally, remixers will now get access to song-level insights for their remixes in Spotify For Artists, giving them unprecedented access to data reflecting how fans engage with their music.

These improvements are all about recognizing remixers for their artistry, so to mark the changes, we got on the phone with Little Louie Vega, one of the most celebrated remixers of all time. One half of the pioneering house duo Masters at Work (along with his partner Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez), Louie has remixed some of the biggest names in popular music: Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Madonna, Chic—the list is practically endless. He’s currently up for a Grammy Award for his “Roots Mix” of Loleatta Holloway’s posthumously released song “Can’t Let You Go.” It’s the second year in a row that he’s been up for a trophy; he was nominated last year, in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category, for his album Louie Vega Starring… XXVIII. All in all, this is his sixth time on the ballot, and in 2005, he won the award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for his remix of Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly.”

We asked Louie (born Luis Ferdinand Vega Jr.) about his favorite remixes over the years, along with what makes a great remix—and one tantalizing commission that he regrets having turned down.

Congratulations on the Grammy nomination. It must feel nice to be up for the Loleatta Holloway song, as kind of a tribute to her.

Little Louie Vega: She’s our queen, man. She’s the icon. She’s the one of the most sampled voices in history. I was lucky enough to get this song from Yvonne Turner, who produced her in her later years. She had one of the last songs she recorded, which never came out, and she brought it to me. I loved Yvonne’s mixes—her production was amazing, but I said, let me do something, you know, just to give it another flavor.

You’ve remixed some of the biggest artists in the world. Are there any remixes you think of as being major moments in your career?

The remixes we did for Incognito, on Talkin’ Loud. I like when we took artists from different genres and did something powerful that affected the dance scene. When we did Roni Size’s “Watching Windows,”that was a beautiful piece that broke barriers and went in different areas.

You guys have always been a bridge to the dance floor from a whole range of different styles.

We did Afro Celt Sound System, a group Sinead O’Connor worked with. We love what we did with that. You know, all these groups from different scenes, it could have been a rock record, a jazz record—we weren’t afraid to take chances. That’s what we love to do: take something from one place and bring it into our realm.

Back in the day, remixes were a major part of the music industry: Every record got a remix. How have things changed for remixed since then? Do you feel like the major label remix is starting to make a comeback?

Remixing was the thing in the ‘90s and it was huge, a lot of those remixes were getting astronomical fees. These days, most remixes, you just do them to do them. For me, I produce records now, that’s what I do: I’m a producer. Of course, I remix things that I would love to put my touch on. Right now I’m remixing two unreleased songs that Luther Vandross recorded when he did the Never Too Much album back in 1981. To me that’s a big challenge, so I jump on stuff like that. The remixing thing is a lot more on spec. These days, you let go of an acapella and if the record is big, everybody’s going to try to do a remix of it, from an amateur to somebody established. It’s almost like a free range right now.

When you’re doing a remix, how important is it to you to stay true to the original song?

A lot of the time, we did a version that stayed true to the original song, and then we did dubs with a vocal hook or a musical hook and all this new music. The thing with remixing is that you have the freedom to build a whole new musical foundation underneath the singer, and that’s what allows you to take it to that other place. It allows you to take an artist that has never set foot in a club, and now their song could be the biggest song in clubs around the world.

What do you listen for when deciding whether or not to remix a given song?

Something’s really got to catch my ear. I’ll give you a perfect example. Back in the early ‘90s, we did a remix for Saint Etienne’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart.” If you listen to the original song, that dub really had nothing to do with the song. We took some small vocal hooks and we built this new track around it. But you still knew that it was kind of Saint Etienne. You have to have something from the song that is catchy and that’s what we always looked for. If we heard something like that, we would do it. Sometimes you would find the weirdest songs that didn’t really work as a full-club mix under, so we would do these dubs that would still keep some of the identity of the artist.

Are there any songs that you would ever say no to remixing because they’re just too untouchable to perfect as is?

Yeah, of course, man. Kenny and I said no to some of the biggest artists back in the day if we didn’t feel that we could do justice to the song. I’ll never forget, back in the early ‘90s, when we were asked by Atlantic Records to do a remix on a Mick Jagger song . And I just felt that we couldn’t do to the song what we really wanted. Trust me, we wanted everything to work with Mick Jagger. He’s the greatest, you know what I mean? But we felt like we were going to do our thing to it, and it wasn’t really going to sound like it was his song and melody. So we passed on it and I’ll never forget, I got that phone call. He was in a video shoot and he called my home. I couldn’t believe it was him. I actually was saying, “This is not Mick Jagger.” And he kept saying, “This is Mick.” I heard the accent and everything. I said, oh goodness, it is him. [Laughs] He’s calling about the remix that we just said we couldn’t do! I’ll never forget that.

Is there a little part of you that now regrets saying no?

I regret it 100 percent. What I know now, I definitely could’ve done some justice to it, no matter what. Sometimes we would request for singers to come in and re-sing. We thought having them in the studio, we’re really going to take it to another place. We did it with Donna Summer, may she rest in peace. We did it with Tito Puente, we did it with Jocelyn Brown, Bebe Winans. So many different artists, we suggested they come into the studio and they would get new ideas and it would become this beautiful piece.

It sounds like remixing is a very holistic process in that sense.

One of our special qualities is that we really know how to get the best out of artists in the studio. We’re feeding off each other all the time.

Do you think remixers get enough credit from the public for their work as artists in their own right?

I don’t think the normal person gets it, but somebody in the dance scene or the hip-hop scene, they understand what a remix is. But even then I don’t think most people realize how much would go into creating a remix. The perfect way to show somebody—let’s say one of my family members said, what do you do when you remix a record? So I’ll say, “Listen to the original and now listen to my remix. What you hear right here, that’s not in the original. That’s what I did.”

Can you remember the first remix that made an impression on you as a listener?

Walter Gibbons, Francois Kevorkian, Larry Levan—back in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s, they didn’t really redo all the music like we do. They would take the original song and strip it down, dub it, do all these wonderful things with it, which was an art as well. They didn’t just take an acapella and compose music under it. They were stripping down the records and creating new arrangements and putting effects on them. One record that really blew me away, because I got to work on it, was Loose Joints’ “Is It All Over My Face.” We did a project for West End where we did a mix of the catalog, and we also remixed like 20 of their songs. One of them was “Is It All Over My Face.” When we put on the record, we were like, wait a minute, it doesn’t sound like the version Larry Levan did. And then you started realizing the magic that Larry had.

What are some of your favorite remixes that you’ve done over the years?

Wow. Let me think, let me think. It’s a pretty big catalog—we’ve probably recorded over 2000 pieces of music. “Can’t Hide Love” by Earth, Wind and Fire. We took a ballad, a slow jam, and we did we did a really nice house remix to it. That’s one. “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You,” a remix I did for Funkadelic. Also “Dance,” by 3 Winans Brothers featuring the Clark Sisters, definitely that one. Oh, I got another one. “Ran Kan Kan,” a song by Tito Puente. That was very challenging because imagine you got to take a 1950s record and create a house remix, you know what I mean? We really worked hard on it and it came out really great. Actually, that little hook, that’s Marc Antony singing. Nobody even knows that.

Which remixes of your own work by other people have most impressed you?

The best one, and it’s one of the top remixes of all time, is when 4 Hero did “Black Gold of the Sun” for us for Nuyorican Soul. That’s a great remix. We were so happy when we got that remix.

Have you been able to grow your fan base by people discovering your music through your remixes?

Yeah that happens all around the world. It’s crazy because now, on Spotify, when you look up Louie Vega, it’s got so much music of mine, so it’s really wonderful that you’re able to explore, you know what I mean? I’ll tell you my Spotify story, because I just did this thing. You know the cabaret law in New York was repealed, right? I did this project called Dancing in New York 1926-2017 My publicist came up with this idea: He said, why don’t you go and pick 91 songs for the 91 years the law was in place? So I did my homework. It’s like I went to school, I learned so much about music from the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s that I never knew before, through my research on Spotify. And I created this playlist. It opened up a whole new world for me.

It’s amazing to be able to go back over that many decades of music and teach other people about it. That archive is there at people’s fingertips to explore, and to have people like you help make sense of it is really inspiring.

It’s funny, because the music that I was picking, when I talked to friends that were schooled in this kind of music, they told me that those were game-changing songs. The ones I picked, at least a couple from each decade, had changed the music scene, which was kind of weird. I just happened to pick those songs from what was catching my ear, you know what I mean? As you skim through it, you can hear the changes—the sounds and recording quality and the orchestration, or how the music went downtempo then more uptempo, that kind of thing. You look at the music from the ‘20s and ‘30s and you see this big-band music that was like what house music is to us today. That was their dance music.

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2017 was a milestone year for the Cristian Rivera Foundation.
Our 2017 events included the 2nd Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Freestyle Flashback Benefit Boat ride.   Committee Members, Steve Rodas and Jesse Allison hosted their own cocktail events to support our efforts in curing DIPG.  NBC’s Today in New York co-anchor and Cristian Rivera Board member, Darlene Rodriguez and her husband, David, hosted their 3rd Annual Cocktail Party.  2017 also brought us the Ninth Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala at the luxurious Capitale in New York City.

These events and the continued support from our sponsors and people like you, have brought us to a monumental milestone in the DIPG and medical community.  As of 2017, the Cristian Rivera has donated over One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) to help support research and clinical trials for DIPG and families who have been affected by this disease!Your generosity and support has brought us closer than ever to a cure for DIPG!

We would like to thank everyone who has supported our foundation by attending, sponsoring, and donating to these events. Also, a big thank you to all our Board of Directors, Committee Members, Committee Friends for their continuous support. Lastly, a special thank you to Dr. Mark Souweidane and Dr. Oren Becher for working tirelessly towards finding a cure for DIPG. Without any of you, none of these accomplishments would have been possible.  

One of our clinical trial patients, Lisha Ayala, has reached a groundbreaking milestone by reaching a five-year mark with no growth in her tumor.  She is living the life of a normal teenager and has given the DIPG and medical community hope that we are close to a cure. 

Even though we’ve started 2018 on a great note, January is always a sad month for The Cristian Rivera Foundation. First, Cristian was Diagnosed with DIPG on January 21st, 2007 and lost his Battle to DIPG just two short years later on, January 25th, 2009. Cristian would have been 15 years old had he’d been alive today. In honor of Cristian, our foundation will continue working the “Full Steam Ahead” mentality until we eradicate this disease from our world and no family has to suffer through the process of dealing with a child with DIPG.

You can be a part of the journey of finding a cure for DIPG, and make 2018 the year we say goodbye to this horrible disease. 

Simply stay connected with us.  Join us at our events, share our journey with your friends and family and make a donation to our efforts. 

Speaking of great supporters and being part of our journey, The Cristian Rivera Foundation highlighted Member of the Month is Committee Member, Jesse Allison. Using her experience and resources, Jesse has been an incredible addition to our team and made valuable contributions to our goals through her hard work and dedication.

Who is Jesse Allison?
I am a 34-year-old working mother and wife. I have a three-year-old daughter named Addison and a wonderful supportive husband, Thomas. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. After spending many years planning events in the hospitality industry, I left to develop a family business of high end flooring. By making this move, my schedule became more flexible. Having a flexible schedule is important to me because I get to spend more time with my family. Probably my greatest passion after spending time with my family is cooking. 

What does it mean to you to be a part of the Cristian Rivera Foundation?
Being a part of the foundation is more rewarding than I could’ve hoped.  I’ve known John since I moved to Hoboken and as the mother of a small child, I cannot begin to fathom what hearing that my daughter had DIPG would be like. I think what Dr. Mark Souweidane and Dr. Oren Becher do is amazing work and I know that the more support we can generate for the doctors, the closer we are to that cure.

What is your proudest moment as a Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member?
My proudest moment was at the small cocktail reception we hosted at our showroom Wood Library in Hoboken. I was happy seeing the responses to the information we were presenting. Throughout the reception, the attendees really started to understand a little about this horrible disease which led them to wanting to help. By throwing this event, I was able to raise awareness of DIPG and help the many families affected by this disease. 

All donations to the Cristian Rivera Foundation are tax deductible and money raised by the Cristian Rivera Foundation goes to the suffering families, doctors and hospitals working tirelessly towards finding a find for the deadly pediatric brain tumor known as DIPG.

To give a donation, please visit http://cristianriverafoundation.org/donation.html
All donations are appreciated and go a long way. Please be sure to follow us on Twitter @TweetCRF, Instagram @cristianriverafoundationand like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crisitanriverafoundationto stay up to date on the latest news and all of our exciting new upcoming events for 2018!

Our MissionThe mission of the Cristian Rivera Foundation is to help find the cure for

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable
and incurable brain stem tumor.

What is DIPG
(Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma)?

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma or DIPG, is a Rare, Inoperable Brain Stem Tumor that predominantly affects children between the ages of 2 and 10. Only 200-300 cases are discovered in the United States each year and because there is no cure, it’s young victims only have an average of 3-18 months to live, after they’ve been diagnosed. There are NO SURVIVORS.

Who is
The Cristian Rivera Foundation?

The Cristian Rivera Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that works tirelessly, in order to raise awareness and funds to one day put a STOP to this disease. The Cristian Rivera Foundation funds the work of Dr. Mark Souweidane of Weill Cornell Medical Center – Memorial Sloane (Kettering) Cancer Center and Dr. Oren Becher of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Lurie Cancer center at Northwestern University. Both Doctors are conducting promising research and trials that have shown promising results. We are CLOSE to a CURE!

How Can You Help:
  • Help us by making a Donation.
  • Every Donation Big or Small, will help us achieve our goal.
  • Help spread the word to your family, friends and Colleagues.
Thank You again and may this be the year we say goodbye to DIPG,
(Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma),
FOREVER!
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spaceCommittee Members of the Cristian Rivera Foundation:
Aldo Marin, Alex Garcia, Carlos Colon, Carlos Yepez,
Ed Martin, Elis Pacheco, Fernando Ferrer, Jarrad Seuferling, Jesse Allison,
Kenan Thompson, Louie Vega, Luis Guzman, Meiling Macias Toro, Nirav Patel,
Paul Pristavec, Rafael Toro, Ramon E. Javier, Robert Vazquez, Steve Cox,
Tony Ferrara and Vito Bruno.
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Committee Friends of the Cristian Rivera Foundation:
Ben Velazquez, Dr. Manuel A. Moran, Dennis Rodriguez, Edward Caban,
Mark Rosner, Modesto Lacen, Pablo Diaz, Robert Dominguez,
Teddy “Tedsmooth” Mendez
and William Pla.

spaceHonorary Committee Members of the Cristian Rivera Foundation:
The Late Anthony Mason and The Late Miriam Colon.

spaceSupporters of the Cristian Rivera Foundation:
Ami Ferrara, David Rodriguez, Ginalisa Monterroso and Karla De Epstein

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The Ninth Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala was a huge success. It was truly a special night in honor of all our DIPG Angels. We would like to thank everyone who supported us by attending, sponsoring, and donating. Also, a big thank you to all our Board of Directors, Committee Members, Committee Friends, award presenters and award recipients, for their continuous support. Lastly, a special thank you to Dr. Mark Souweidane and Dr. Oren Becher for working tirelessly towards finding a cure for DIPG. Their dedication is highly appreciated in our journey to find a cure for DIPG

The Cristian Rivera Foundation recently visited the Weill Cornell Medical Center to give a $125,000.00 check to Dr. Mark Souweidane. Within the next few weeks, we will give Dr. Oren Becher a check and that will put the Cristian Rivera Foundation at the One Million Dollar (1,000,000.00) mark in monies donated to research and trials for the cure of DIPG and families who have been affected by this disease. Through the work of these doctors, we are closer than ever to saving the 200 young children who are diagnosed with DIPG every year. This past gala, Dr. Oren Becher stated in his speech, “I am very grateful for the funds that the Cristian Rivera Foundation has given me over the years. Thanks to funding, in the past year we have identified one promising medication that we hope to test on children with DIPG in 2018”. As one can see through Dr. Oren Becher’s statement, we are getting close to finding a cure for DIPG

The holidays are an important time to spend with the ones you love, and also a sad time for DIPG families all around the world. Families that are affected by DIPG are either marking these special occasions without their child or preparing for what they know will be the last holiday to spend with them. Thanks to the countless amount of support we have received, one day families will not have to fear DIPG. Your generosity means a lot to not only us, but also to the many DIPG families who have had to suffer because of this horrific disease. Even though our foundation has great supporters, we could always use more. For this reason, we ask you to hop on board and consider helping our foundation. You can be a part of the journey of finding a cure for DIPG, and we can make 2018 the year we say goodbye to this disease.

Speaking of great supporters and being part of our journey, CRF’s highlighted Member of the Month is Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member Jarrad Seuferling. Jarrad has been an incredible addition to our team.

Who is Jarrad Seuferling?

I am the Vice President of MAS Security Associates. I have worked in the security and nightlife industry for over 20 years. I have brokered dozens of deals in the entertainment industry and am passionate about helping others. Uniting people to elevate businesses is one of my top priorities. I am a proud husband and father of two and have been a Committee Member for one year.

What does it mean to you to be a part of the Cristian Rivera Foundation?

I love the team work and unity of our foundation. We are like a family. It feels so good when I see the progress that we’re making. When I hear about the progress the two doctors have made, I get happy because I know that one day a cure for DIPG will come. I am inspired by John ‘Gungie’ Rivera and Andy Epstein who are really great leaders.

What is your proudest moment as a Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member?

As a Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member, my proudest moment was a few days ago when I learned that once we give Dr. Oren Becher his check, we will have reached the One Million Dollar Donated mark.

As Jarrad said, we are so proud of reaching the One Million Dollar Mark and none of this could be possible without your help.

All donations to the Cristian Rivera Foundation are tax deductible and money raised by the Cristian Rivera Foundation goes to the suffering families, doctors and hospitals working tirelessly towards finding a find for the deadly pediatric brain tumor known as DIPG.

To get your donation in before 2017 is over, visit http://cristianriverafoundation.org/donation.html

All donations are appreciated and go a long way. Please be sure to follow us on Twitter @TweetCRF, Instagram @cristianriverafoundation and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crisitanriverafoundation to stay up to date on the latest news and all of our exciting new upcoming events for the New Year!

Have a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

Our MissionThe mission of the Cristian Rivera Foundation is to help find the cure for

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable
and incurable brain stem tumor.

What is DIPG
(Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma)?

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma or DIPG, is a Rare, Inoperable Brain Stem Tumor that predominantly affects children between the ages of 2 and 10. Only 200-300 cases are discovered in the United States each year and because there is no cure, it’s young victims only have an average of 3-18 months to live, after they’ve been diagnosed. There are NO SURVIVORS.

Who is
The Cristian Rivera Foundation?

The Cristian Rivera Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that works tirelessly, in order to raise awareness and funds to one day put a STOP to this disease. The Cristian Rivera Foundation funds the work of Dr. Mark Souweidane of Weill Cornell Medical Center – Memorial Sloane (Kettering) Cancer Center and Dr. Oren Becher of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Lurie Cancer center at Northwestern University. Both Doctors are conducting promising research and trails that have shown promising results. We are CLOSE to a CURE!

How Can You Help:
  • Help us by making a Donation.
  • Every Donation Big or Small, will help us achieve our goal.
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(Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma),
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Board of Directors of the Cristian Rivera Foundation:
Andy Epstein and Darlene Rodriguez.
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Committee Members of the Cristian Rivera Foundation:
Aldo Marin, Alex Garcia, Carlos Colon, Carlos Yepez,
Ed Martin, Elis Pacheco, Fernando Ferrer, Jarrad Seuferling, Jesse Allison,
Kenan Thompson, Louie Vega, Luis Guzman, Meiling Macias Toro, Nirav Patel,
Paul Pristavec, Rafael Toro, Ramon E. Javier, Robert Vazquez, Steve Cox,
Tony Ferrara and Vito Bruno.
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Committee Friends of the Cristian Rivera Foundation:
Ben Velazquez, Dr. Manuel A. Moran, Dennis Rodriguez, Edward Caban,
Mark Rosner, Modesto Lacen, Pablo Diaz, Robert Dominguez,
Teddy “Tedsmooth” Mendez
and William Pla.

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The Late Anthony Mason and The Late Miriam Colon.

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Supporters of the Cristian Rivera Foundation:
Ami Ferrara, David Rodriguez, Ginalisa Monterroso and Karla De Epstein

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Kenan Thompson Wants A-Listers Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise on ‘SNL’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Nickelodeon’s golden child Kenan Thompson was recently named Saturday Night Live‘s longest-serving cast member, and in an exclusive interview with In Touch, the All That star revealed who his dream guest hosts would be. We can’t lie — these are some pretty solid choices!

“Lots of people. It would be cool if Eddie Murphy came back. I say that a lot, or like Denzel [Washington], Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise — any of those dudes that haven’t done it yet that you feel like they should have totally,” Kenan shared. When asked how he celebrated such a milestone, the Kenan & Kel alum candidly replied, “By working! That’s the biggest accomplishment of it all. It’s good to keep that in focus — that’s the whole point of it.”

Kenan on Saturday Night Live. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Kenan on Saturday Night Live. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

In Touch caught up with Kenan at the 2017 Cristian Rivera Foundation Ninth Annual Celebrity Gala last week at Capitale in NYC — which according to a press release, “is dedicated to finding a cure for this disease so that no child or family suffers through the horrors of DIPG again. To date the organization has raised more than $850,000 to support the groundbreaking research of Dr. Mark Souweidane of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College and Dr. Oren Becher of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Lurie Cancer center at Northwestern University and to support children and their families while they face DIPG.”

Kenan is close with the organization’s founder, John “Gungie” Rivera — who unfortunately lost his son Cristian to the disease. “I’ve known John for years. We used to meet when he used to promote clubs and stuff like that and I knew his son, Cristian,” he stated. “We fell out of touch for awhile then I caught back up with him a few years ago and he told me what happened to Cristian and told me about the foundation and I’ve been involved since then — like, six or seven years ago.”

Kenan Thompson with the Cristian Rivera Foundation founder, John "Gungie" Rivera.
Kenan Thompson with the Cristian Rivera Foundation founder, John “Gungie” Rivera. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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