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New Jersey Day Care Center Supports
the Cristian Rivera Foundation


The Cristian Rivera Foundation continues to touch people’s hearts with its mission to cure inoperable pediatric brain stem tumor Pontine Glioma. Jeannie Perez, of Newark, NJ’s Family Affair Childcare, created a banner inviting families at her daycare center and in the community to support the Cristian Rivera Foundation. She even offered a period of free daycare to the family who sold the most Cristian Rivera Foundation wristbands. Her contest inspired others to get the word out and collectively, the families sold 50 wristbands. Having everyday people go to bat for the Cristian Rivera Foundation gives hope not only that its awareness campaign is working but also that a cure for Pontine Glioma is within reach.

Actor Luis Guzman and Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia
Join Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee

The Cristian Rivera Foundation welcomed two new members to its Committee this month —actor Luis Guzman and Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia.

Guzman is a character actor from New York who has appeared in countless movies and television shows. Most recently, Guzman appeared in HBO’s hit series How to Make it in America. He has also been seen on Oz, Law and Order, NYPD Blue and Walker, Texas Ranger, as well as in feature films like The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Carlito’s Way, Magnolia, Out of Sight, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, Traffic, Anger Management, and School for Scoundrels.

Garcia is a Nuevo Latino chef who has appeared on the Food Network and written cookbooks like 2004’s In a Cuban Kitchen. Garcia attended the Culinary Institute of America and later worked alongside famed Nuevo Cuban chef Douglas Rodriguez for four years at Yuca restaurant in Miami. Garcia has been involved with many highly-respected New York restaurants, including Erizo Latino in Soho, Babalu, Patria, Calle Ocho and, most recently, Habana Room.


Sex and the City Costume Designer Patricia Field
Spotted Wearing Cristian Rivera Foundation Wristband

Patricia Field—the award-winning costume designer for Sex and the City, Ugly Betty and The Devil Wears Prada—held a fashion event this week at New York City’s Rooftop, located at 230 Fifth Avenue. The fashionable Ms. Field made the Cristian Rivera Foundation wristband an integral part of her ensemble. She’s pictured here with global singing star Anane and Cristian Rivera Foundation founder John “Gungie” Rivera. Field dressed Anane and her husband, celebrity DJ/producer and Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member Little Louie Vega, who DJ’d the event. The two of them also wore their Cristian Rivera Foundation wristbands all night long.

Cristian Rivera Foundation to Appear on West Side Highway Billboard

The Cristian Rivera Foundation is taking its fight to the streets. The New York-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization will be appearing on a 68×20 billboard, facing south on the north side of the West Side Highway and 132nd Street in Manhattan, for one month beginning May 10, 2010.

Renowned NYC event promoter John “Gungie” Rivera created the Foundation in July 2009 to find a cure for Pontine Glioma, the rare pediatric brain stem tumor that claimed the life of his six-year-old son. Generally, this inoperable tumor affects children between the ages of 1

and 9, with the average lifespan of a child after diagnosis falling between three and 18 months. Only 300 cases of Pontine Glioma are discovered in the United States each year, and the Cristian Rivera Foundation strives to improve the lives of children and families dealing with the disease through awareness and clinical research program funding.

With prominent placement of this billboard, the Cristian Rivera Foundation hopes to invite scores of New York City residents and visitors to log onto the website, learn about Pontine Glioma, make a donation or purchase one of the Foundation’s signature blue wristbands to symbolize their support of the cause.

As the billboard says, “Help our kids. Let’s find a cure for Pontine Glioma.”


Miriam Colon and Khaliah Ali Join
the Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee

The Cristian Rivera Foundation welcomed two new members to its high-profile Committee actress Miriam Colon and Khaliah Ali, daughter of Mohammad Ali. Colon is a veteran of stage and screen, having appeared in Scarface, All the Pretty Horses, soap opera Guiding Light and HBO’s How to Make it in America. She is also the founder, artistic director and head of the board of directors at Manhattan’s Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. Ali is more than just the child of a sports icon. She’s a fashion designer, former Ford model, and Emmy Award-nominated talk show host. Ali wrote Fighting Weight, a book about her quest for the perfect weight through gastric lap band surgery, and helps othe rs going through the same thing as the spokesperson for New Jersey’s Banding Centers of America.