3rd Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Full Steam Ahead 5K


Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
Registration starts at 08:30 AM 
Van Cortlandt Park, Cross Country Parade Ground Broadway 1, Between 246 and 251 Broadway, Bronx, NY


Join us on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020, for the 3rd Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Full Steam Ahead 5K and take a stand against DIPG.

You can participate as an individual or get friends, family members, and colleagues together to form a team. 100% of the donations you raise in support of the 5K will go to medical facilities that conduct innovative research and clinical trials, increasing public awareness of DIPG, and providing financial support to DIPG families. The Cristian Rivera Foundation funds the work of Dr. Mark Souweidane, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery of Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. Oren Becher of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern.

Our tireless efforts have given hope to a handful of children, who have been selected to participate in the clinical trials supported by the Cristian Rivera Foundation. Although DIPG has been considered inoperable, four children have participated in Dr. Souweidane’s trials and have presented no growth in their tumor. One of those children, Lisha Ayala, has lived with DIPG for 7 years, showing us that our work and dedication are paying off. To date, the Cristian Rivera Foundation has donated more than $1.3 million ($1,300,000.00) to the respective doctors and families.

As a result of our efforts, the Cristian Rivera Foundation has been awarded a Platinum Seal on GuideStar.org for the past 2 years. GuideStar.org is the non-profit industry leader in analysis and public information, and issues their rating based on transparency and positive activity conducted in the non-profit community. In addition, the Cristian Rivera Foundation has received the 2020 Top-Rated Great Nonprofits Award from Great Nonprofits for the 3rd consecutive year. Our foundation takes pride in the work we do, but we need your help to continue this amazing work.

We encourage all CRF 5K participants to fundraise! Signing up to run or walk is just the first step – fundraising will make a difference!

Awards will be given to top qualifiers of the 5K. As we enter the second phase of the clinical trial, we rely on generous supporters like you to help defray the cost of organizing the event. Our 3rd Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Full Steam Ahead 5K is just another vehicle to bring us all together to accomplish one goal – giving our children an opportunity to fulfill their dreams by curing DIPG.

Can’t make it to Van Cortlandt Park on May 2ndRegister as a Virtual Participant or Create a Virtual Team!

For more information, please visit the Registration & Fundraising FAQ page and if you can’t find the answer to your question there, please contact us.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to eradicating the world of DIPG with your help.