Andy, Darlene, Craig and Gungie are at it again….



Thanks to the Generosity Of the Cristian Rivera Foundation, it´s Board of Directors, Andy Epstein, Darlene Rodriguez and Craig Serra and it’s founder John Gungie Rivera, CRF took our Princess Lisha Shopping for her back to school Clothing etc…. For those who don´t know, Lisha is on our Trial and is doing AMAZING for almost 4 Years NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is because of the Generosity of people like YOU that we are a

Please help by making a TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION on

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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Cristian Rivera Board Members Darlene Rodriguez, Andy Epstein and Craig Serra to Support CBTP Summer Research

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Darlene Rodriguez, Anchor of “Today in New York” on WNBC, and Andy Epstein, CEO of B&A Food Brokers, both members of the board of the Cristian Rivera Foundation, have each stepped up to support the summer research initiative at the Children’s Brain Tumor Project. The board members will contribute $5,000 each to the “summer sprint” in the CBTP lab.

For three months this summer, five summer fellows and scholars will test multiple drugs and drug combinations against pediatric brain tumor cell lines growing in our lab and in mouse models. These five researchers have been awarded grants from St. Baldrick’s, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the AANS/NREF, and the Samuel Jeffers Foundation — but those grants cover only stipends to the researchers, not the significant expenses this work will entail. The researchers will need reagents and other supplies, mice, and tech support, among other things, all of which will be paid for by generous donations from Cristian Rivera Foundation board members.

These new gifts are in addition to the previous summer support from the Cristian Rivera Foundation that was provided thanks to a third board member, Craig Serra. The combined gifts from Craig, Andy, and Darlene make possible the accelerated research this summer will bring. We are so grateful to the Cristian Rivera Foundation and its unfailingly loyal board members for their support.

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The Cristian Rivera Foundation is Proud to Introduce One of Our New Committee Members: Craig Serra




Craig A. Serra, MS, MBA, PMP, CCDM
Craig Serra is Senior Director and Business Process Owner of Clinical Data Management in Worldwide Research and Development at Pfizer, Inc. In this role, he is the single point of accountability for oversight of the clinical data management conduct and closeout process area applied across the portfolio of 400+ Pfizer clinical trials, executed by over 10,000 clinical research colleagues, impacting tens of thousands of patients.

Craig rejoined Pfizer in 2013 as Senior Director after serving as Director of Data Management and Director of Clinical and Strategic Operations with DSP Clinical Research. At DSP, Craig led biometrics services and oversight of clinical systems and quickly was promoted to additionally drive their business development and revenue generating activities. His previous experience includes project, program, portfolio, and business leadership roles at Pfizer, Roche, Eisai, and Schering Plough.

Craig has an extensive and diverse educational background, earning a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and both an MBA in Management and an MS in Information Systems from Fordham University. Additionally, he will earn an MS in Pharmacology and Toxicology in May of 2016.

Craig is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Certified Clinical Data Manager (CCDM) from the Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM). He continually pursues entrepreneurial opportunities and has an active interest in medicine, technology, and innovation in order to improve the delivery of medicine to patients.


There are so many reasons why I am honored to be a committee member for the Cristian Rivera Foundation. At the core, it is the ability to join incredibly talented and giving people who are united by the common purpose to serve children and eradicate this terrible disease. DIPG is aggressive and unrelenting, which means achieving the cure is going to require an even more aggressive and unrelenting fight from all of us. More so, we need to fight – endlessly – for those who need us the most.

Coming from clinical research in the pharmaceutical industry, I have a unique perspective in seeing how drugs go from the lab to the medicine cabinet, in an increasingly difficult regulatory, financial, and operational environment. It can be very frustrating trying to bring together novel science with often, a stifling bureaucracy that can be very much at odds with families desperate for answers. Especially challenging is trying to find a cure for a rare disease such as DIPG. Many companies abandon research into rare diseases, knowing they are inherently difficult to treat and without the market to support the development. In working at Pfizer, we actively pursue the most difficult of diseases, including many forms of cancer, with both internal research capabilities and external academic collaborations. It is this mindset – rooting for the underdog and not taking the easy way out – that makes me so excited to support the Cristian Rivera Foundation and the patients it serves, as we continue on a path towards the same goal: a victory over DIPG.