Andy Epstein

The Little Kernel Mini Popcorn & The Cristian Rivera Foundation to help a minnesota DIPG Boy´s wish come true

Please Help Allen

Please Help Allen

The Little Kernel Mini Popcorn, owned by Cristian Rivera Foundation Board of Director Andy Epstein, Chris Laurita and The Cristian Rivera Foundation have teamed up to help a Minnesota DIPG boy´s
wish come true.

Cristian Rivera Foundation Founder John Rivera learned about the boy´s wish through Barbara Anderson, who lost her daughter Lily Larue to DIPG.

John immediately contacted Allen´s mother.

John then called The Cristian Rivera Foundation Board of Directors
Andy Epstein, Darlene Rodriguez & Craig Serra and they all agreed
we need to help.

Please help by making a tax deductible donation to the Cristian Rivera Foundation, so we can help Allen and so many children like him.


Our Mission
The mission of the Cristian Rivera Foundation is to help find the cure for the Pontine Glioma 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 Duke University. Both Doctors are conducting promising research and trails that have shown promising results. We are CLOSE to a CURE!


“Full Steam Ahead”

The Cristian Rivera Foundation

John “Gungie” Rivera
(Founder of The Cristian Rivera Foundation & “Forever Cristian’s Daddy”)

Board of Directors of the Cristian Rivera Foundation:
Andy Epstein, Darlene Rodriguez and Craig Serra.

Committee Members of the Cristian Rivera Foundation:
Aldo Marin, Alex Garcia, Carlos Colon, Carlos Yepez, Dennis Rodriguez, Dolores Catania, Dr. Ben Velazquez, Dr. Manuel A. Moran, Elis Pacheco, Fernando Ferrer, J.I. Starr, John “JellyBean” Benitez, Kenan Thompson, Kim Medina, Little Louie Vega, Luis Guzman, Meiling Macias Toro, Miriam Colon, Nirav Patel, Robert Vazquez, Rafael Toro, Ramon E. Javier, Steve Cox, Tony Ferrara and Vito Bruno

Committee Friends of the Cristian Rivera Foundation:
Carlos Nazario, Edward Caban, Francisco Companioni, Funkmaster Flex, Jerry Chaparro, Mark Rosner, Modesto Lacen, Odalys Molina, Pablo Diaz, Paul Pristavec, Roberto Clemente Jr., Steven Rodas, Teddy “Tedsmooth” Mendez, Victor Martinez, and William Pla

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Raising Hope and Awareness in Hoboken

Some say the best is often brought to fight in the face of human tragedy. That couldn’t be more true for the friends and family of the Cristian Rivera Foundation (CRF). Wednesday night, guests packed Zylo, the steakhouse located in the W-Hoboken, for a cancer fundraiser. CRF Committee member and host Andy Epstein organized the event with the help of Zylo’s Manager Kevin Hayes.

But the real human face of this disease is Cristian Rivera, the child of John and Jenelle, who lost the battle with cancer. Throughout the dining room were posters of Cristian, which served as a reminder to attendees of why the foundation was started.

Over 55k was raised at the event – with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the charity. Several celebrities came out to show their support and many items for the live auction were also donated including a signed chef’s jacket by the Cake Boss, and an autographed jersey by NJ Devils Captain Zach Parise, among others.

Article by:
Diana Schwaeble
Photos by:
Krista Kelly