John “Gungie” Rivera on Hot 97

  John “Gungie” Rivera, founder of the Cristian Rivera Foundation will be on Hot 97’s “Street Soliders” Sunday, June 12th 9AM-10AM! Follow Here to Listen Live John will be spreading awareness about DIPG and the Cristian Rivera Foundation. Tune in Sunday, June 12th 9AM-10AM Your continued support means the world to the Cristian Rivera Foundation and will help save the lives of children suffering from Pontine Glioma.

Help the Cristian Rivera Foundation Win $250,000 to Fight DIPG TIMES RUNNING OUT,

  Vivnet Gives Back Project Vote Now till Saturday June 11th Vivint Gives Pack Project is giving away $1.25 million to local charities, if we win, the donations received from Vivint will go towards medical research facilities aiming to cure Pontine Glioma. Renowned NYC event promoter and PR/marketing firm owner John “Gungie” Rivera created the Cristian Rivera Foundation in July 2009, six months after his six-year-old son Cristian lost his two-year battle with the fatal brain stem tumor. Pontine Glioma generally 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 are discovered in the United States each year and there is currently no cure, though radiation and chemotherapy are administered to offer short-term treatment. We really need your support; the charity that receives the most votes will receive $250,000, while the remaining top charity in each of the five regions will receive $100,000 each. We are competing in the Eastern region, and although we’re a little late in the game, with your help we may be able to receive enough votes to stay in the top 20 and move on to Round 2! All you have to do is follow these 5 easy steps: Step 1: Step 2: Login to your Facebook account using the Facebook icon on the top right margin. Step 3: Click “Allow” to connect to Facebook and share this event. Read Step 4, ITS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP! Step 4: Sign into your own Facebook and visit: Step 5: Then follow instructions on the page. Step 6: Vote again tomorrow! After endorsing, please tell your friends and family about the foundation and visit Thank you for the endorsement and may 2011 be the year we say goodbye to Pontine Glioma forever.

John “Gungie” Rivera Appears on the
Cover of Celebrity Parents Magazine

  John “Gungie” Rivera was featured in the February issue of Celebrity Parents Magazine. Not only was he interviewed about the Cristian Rivera Foundation, DIPG and his memories of Cristian, but he also appeared on the magazine’s cover. The intimate cover photo features John in Cristian’s room, surrounded by photos and other items that represent Cristian’s interests and personality. The entire article is available online at

Latin Kitchen Holds Successful Mini-Fundraiser
for the Cristian Rivera Foundation

  Bronx restaurant Latin Kitchen was the site of the Cristian Rivera Foundation’s most recent mini-fundraiser event on July 29. The restaurant, located at 3841 East Tremont Avenue, becomes a lounge every Thursday night and on this particular Thursday, everyone who came after 10pm paid a $10 donation and received one of the Cristian Rivera Foundation’s signature blue wristbands. Latin Kitchen’s DJ Lucho Concepcion and Robert Vasquez organized the event, which featured music from resident DJ Victor Vargas, as well as Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member DJ Tedsmooth. Committee Members Kenya Bradix, Solange Osorio and Steve Cox were all there to support the cause. Lots of John “Gungie” Rivera’s friends, as well as friends of the Cristian Rivera Foundation came out and everyone had a great time.

John “Gungie” Rivera on Eyewitness News Channel 7

Special Guest John “Gungie” Rivera shared the inspirational story of his son’s battle with Pontine Glioma on Eyewitness News on Channel 7, Sunday September 6th at 7:00am. John shared his wonderful memories of his son, Cristian, as well as discussed how Cristian inspired him to start the Cristian Rivera Foundation in hopes to one day finding a cure for Pontine Glioma.