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Cristian Rivera Foundation
December 2017 Newsletter

Cristian Rivera Foundation
December 2017 Newsletter

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Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala

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December 2017 Newsletter
December 2017 Newsletter
December 2017 Newsletter

Cristian Rivera Foundation 2017
December Newsletter

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.

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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 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.
  • 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),
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Cristian´s Journey
A Story Inspired by John “Gungie” Rivera, “Forever Cristian´s Daddy”
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Board of Directors of the Cristian Rivera Foundation:
Andy Epstein and Darlene Rodriguez.
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.

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.


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

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Our mailing address is:
Cristian Rivera Foundation PO Box 656. Edgewater, NJ 07020

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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Cristian Rivera Foundation Boat Ride around NYC on July 15 is child cancer fundraiser

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One of New York City’s best-known music promoters of the ‘90s is having a throwback dance party — that doubles as a fundraiser for a cause near and dear to his heart.

Revelers who hop aboard the Circle Line on Saturday, July 15, at 7 p.m. for the second annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Freestyle Flashback Benefit Boatride will be treated to several hours of freestyle dance music courtesy of a live performance by singer Noel, along with DJ Tedsmooth, Big Paul and Rob Lo, with Alizay and Speedy of the Luis Jimenez Show serving as hosts.

But the real purpose of the evening is to raise money for the Cristian Rivera Foundation, a nonprofit that donates all monies raised to hospitals and foundations researching cures for DIPG, a deadly childhood cancer.

The foundation is named for Rivera’s son Cristian, who was diagnosed with DIPG in 2007 and died two years later at age 6. DIPG — diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma — is a rare form of brain cancer that affects less than 300 kids each year but has an extremely high mortality rate. Less than 1% of those diagnosed with the disease live five years after being diagnosed.

“Creating awareness and fundraising is very difficult,” says Rivera, who founded the Cristian Rivera Foundation in 2009 and has dedicated his life to the cause in memory of his son.

The concept of a fun-filled boat ride around Manhattan with live music was “a way to get 600 people to come to an event because of the entertainment,” Rivera adds.

“Once they are at the event I am able to educate them about DIPG while raising funds. By the end of the event a fair percentage of our attendees become supporters of the foundation, so it’s a win-win. Most of the attendees are people who used to attend my events or follow me when I was a DJ.”

Rivera, who every fall also throws a massive fundraiser for the foundation in Manhattan that features celebrity guests from the entertainment and sports worlds, plans to use his connections and experience as a promoter to expand his fundraising efforts beyond the annual boat ride.

“In the spring of 2018 we are going do the first annual walk,” Rivera says. “We also have three concerts in the works as well as various small cocktail receptions that are being produced by our board of directors, committee members, committee friends and our supporters.”

John (Gungie) Rivera (right) with Cristian. (COURTESY OF JOHN RIVERA)

Rivera says the foundation’s efforts to raise money for research are beginning to pay off. “One of the patients in our trials, an 11-year old girl from Connecticut named Lisha Ayala, has had DIPG for almost five years. In the past four years there has been no activity in her tumor,” he says.

“I may be speaking prematurely, but my feeling is that she will be our first survivor. To my knowledge, there has been no one with DIPG that has lived this long.”

The Cristian Rivera Foundation Freestyle Flashback Benefit Boatride on Saturday, July 15, starts at 7 p.m. sharp on the Circle Line at Pier 83, W.42nd St. and Westside Highway. The event is from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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The Cristian Rivera Foundation Raffle Winners!

1st place Winner (4 Premium Tickets to a NY Yankee Game)
Ticket Number: 2764
David Forde
(Raffle Sold By Gina Lisa)

2nd Place Winner (IPad)
Ticket Number: 4748
Tanya Barrero
(Raffle Sold By Robert Cruz)

3rd Place Winner (Mountain Bike)
Ticket Number: 2429
Jessica Vargas
(Raffle Sold by Chris Vargas)

Cristian Rivera Foundation would like to Thank all the people who participated.
“Full Steam Ahead”.