The Cristian Rivera Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Souweidane, leading pioneer of the DIPG clinical trials at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center, has just operated on the trial’s second patient today, Tuesday, July 17th! This clinical trial has been making great strides in the battle against DIPG, providing hope for families who previously had none. Dr. Souweidane operated on the first patient of the trial on Monday, May 1st and the beautiful 4-year-old girl has been doing surprisingly well. We are so proud to have helped fund this groundbreaking clinical trial, one that we hope will lead to finding a cure for DIPG. Currently, DIPG is an incurable disease which claims the lives of 200-300 children between the ages of 1 and 9 in the United States each year, a statistic we hope to abolish in the future. Full Steam Ahead!
Chart-topping artists Victor Manuelle and Elvis Crespo came out to support the Cristian Rivera Foundation at Lehman Center’s La Invasion Del Amor on Saturday, February 12, from which a portion of the proceeds were donated to the benefit of the Foundation. Emceed by La Mega’s J.I. Starr, a Cristian Rivera Foundation committee member, the concert was non-stop fun and dancing for the crowd of salsa and meringue enthusiasts, with performances from Manuelle and Crespo—who wore their Cristian Rivera Foundation wristbands on stage—as well as N’Klabe, Zon de D’Tambora, Ivan La Voz, and Our Latin Thing, who paid tribute to Fania All Stars. The near-capacity crowd included celebrity guests like singer Brenda K. Starr and some of J.I.’s fellow committee members: model/actress/TV personality Stephanie Carrera, Solange Osorio, Steve Cox and actor Luis Guzman, who also wore his Cristian Rivera Foundation t-shirt on the red carpet.
La Invasion Del Amor is coming to Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday February 12. La Mega 97.9fm is hosting this rare opportunity to see salsa singer/songwriter Victor Manuelle and merengue singer Elvis Crespo on the same stage. Plus you’ll see up-and-coming group Bachata Heightz, N’Klabe, Zon de D’Tambora, Ivan La Voz, and Our Latin Thing, who will pay tribute to Fania All Stars. La Mega’s J.I. Starr will be there to emcee the show and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Cristian Rivera Foundation, where J.I. is also a committee member! Valentine’s Day weekend will be here before you know it, so get your tickets now by calling (718) 960-8833 or visiting www.lehmancenter.org. Don’t miss out on this all-star show or the chance to help a great cause. For more information, visit the Cristian Rivera Foundation Events Page.