Carlos “Juju” Ibarra – Cristian Rivera Foundation
Carlos "Juju" Ibarra
Date of Birth: October 31, 2007
Date of Diagnosis: November 30, 2010
Earned His Wings: September 16, 2011

Ten Months ago our world as we know it fell apart. My family and I received the horrible news that our precious little boy had a very large Pontine Glioma and would die. We held on to our faith until his very last breath, and did everything in our power to try to save him! My son was such a special little boy. Since the day he was born we knew he was different. He just required so much love and attention, and we always made sure we gave it to him! He was like a little man. I remember one day, I cut my hair, but just the ends, so no one really noticed, but my Juju said, ” Mommy, nice hair cut you look pretty!” that meant the world to me! He was so full of life! Even throughout the long ten months of his battle, he never let that beast get the best of him! He always kept a smile on his face, always laughed, and was a very silly goose! Juju loved Thomas The Train and Lightening McQueen from “Cars”. The “Make A Wish Foundation” did his room make-over and turned it into the most beautiful “Cars” bedroom, which he never got to enjoy. He carried all of his toys in what he called his “treasure box” or a bag, and never left the house without every single toy that was special to him! He slept with his toys at night and would wake up in the middle of the night to make sure they were still right next to him! My little angel was definitely sent to us from above! He was so different and so special! He has touched so many people’s hearts and I know he will continue doing so! I can’t wait to see him again in Paradise! I look forward to helping find a cure to this horrible disease that has taken away our children’s lives!

God Bless you,

Francheska Gómez,
Juju’s Mommy