fifth

NBC´s Darlene Rodriguez speaks with
The Cristian Rivera Foundation´s Founder
John “Gungie” Rivera and Dr. Mark Souweidane About Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG)

 

Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member Darlene Rodriguez sat down with Cristian Rivera Foundation founder John “Gungie” Rivera and Dr. Mark Souweidane of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College to learn more about DIPG and the Cristian Rivera Foundation’s amazing efforts to fund research into its cure. The segment aired on Monday September 30, the same day that Rodriguez hosted the Fifth Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Gala. To see the full segment, visit http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/The-Cristian-Rivera-Foundation/225787111.

Tickets to the 5th Annual
Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala
Monday, September 30, 2013 Are on Sale Now!

 

Tickets on Sale at the Door Tonight

General Admission Gold Ticket
Includes: Open Bar & Buffet. Access to all 3 floors including Rooftop.
Swag Bag upon leaving (Gift Certificates & Luxury Items Valued at $150

General Admission Silver Ticket
Includes: Open Bar & Buffet.
Access to all 3 floors including Rooftop.

VIP Admission Platinum Ticket
Includes: Open Bar & Buffet.
Including a seat on the Main Floor with Table Service for our Dinner Hour.
Access to all 3 floors including Rooftop
Swag Bag upon leaving (Gift Certificates & Luxury Items Valued at $150

Cristian Rivera Foundation Announces
Fifth Annual Celebrity Gala

 

Mark your calendars: the Fifth Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala is officially scheduled for Monday September 30. The gala will once again be a star-studded affair held at the Copacabana Supper Club and Event Space in the heart of Times Square. Guests will enjoy dinner prepared by Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia and a cocktail hour on the Copacabana’s beautiful indoor/outdoor roof deck. We will also once again offer our exciting live and silent auctions with a selection one-of-a-kind experiences and memorabilia. All proceeds from auction sales and ticket sales will directly benefit the research of Dr. Oren Becher of Duke University and Dr. Mark Souweidane of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College as they work tirelessly to find a cure for DIPG. More details will be released soon, including how you can purchase tickets so be sure to check this website often, as well as follow us on Twitter @tweetCRF and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cristianriverafoundation to stay on top of all the latest news and updates.

Race funds cancer research

The Fifth Annual Race For Grace will be held March 31 at Norwin High School. The race, which includes a five-kilometer run, five-kilometer walk and a one-mile walk, will benefit the Reflections Of Grace Foundation.

The race and the foundation it benefits are named for Grace Elizabeth Ekis, a 5-year-old who died on Valentine’s Day 2008 after a 13-month battle with a rare brain tumor, according to the foundation’s website, run by Brian and Tamara Ekis, Grace’s parents.

The foundation provides financial, educational and emotional support to the families of children with brain cancer.

Grace’s cancer was a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or a tumor of the brainstem that has no known cure and for which no advances in treatment options have been made for more than 30 years, according to the website.

The website describes it as one of the worst forms of childhood brain cancer. Approximately 150 to 200 children are diagnosed with this type of tumor each year, and survival time is typically nine to 12 months.

In 2011, the race had 1,800 registered runners and walkers, 300 volunteers and 300 spectators, and raised more than $88,000 for the families of children with brain cancer.

That was an increase in funds raised from 2010, when 2,000 attended and more than $70,000 was raised for the families of children with brain cancer.

Opening activities for the 2012 race will begin at 7 a.m. March 31, and the race itself will start at 9 a.m. at the high school at 251 McMahon Drive, North Huntingdon.

Registration fees will be $25 for adults and $20 for children age 12 and younger. A waiver must be signed for each participant, regardless of age.

The Reflections Of Grace Foundation is a nonprofit organization; www.reflectionsofgrace.org.

www.post-gazette.com/pg/12068/1215118-56.stm?cmpid=neighborhoods.xml

By Anne Cloonan