With a heavy heart we inform you all that Briana Vega earned her angel wings yesterday. This one little girl moved so many people near and far to join Bethematch.org in hopes to save her. And although a preliminary match was found, her body was just too tired. CRF has been following her story and were truly inspired by her bravery, and resilient spirit. We would like to ask you all to keep the Vega Family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers for her service they kindly ask for contributions to Briana’s favorite charity instead. http://www.campuots.com/Camp_UOTS_2013/Welcome.html
As a supporter of the Cristian Rivera Foundation, I know that you care about saving the lives of young children, just like I do. I would like to share the story of a brave little girl who is currently fighting for her life. I hope she touches your heart as she did mine. Briana was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic leukemia on February 22nd, 2012, which was two weeks after her 10th birthday. So far her treatment has been going well and she was able to be put into remission 29 days after with the help of all the amazing care she has been provided by her doctors and nurses from Miami Children’s Hospital. Briana was so happy to learn that she would be able to finally go back to school since she had been in remission for over a year and a half and Briana was enrolled into Westminster Christian School to start her journey of going back to normal! But everything changed on October 8th, 2013, We learned that Briana has developed a secondary cancer while still in remission for ALL, and now she has developed Acute Myeloid leukemia, which requires a Bone Marrow Transplant. This time around has been much more difficult for Briana to bounce back and she has been very sick but we are thankful that there is a plan. We have not wanted to ask our friends and family to help due to the burden of getting tested but we are in need of people willing to get tested to become a Bone marrow donor. We have not been able to find a perfect match for her and the donors that have been found have not been responsive. We have always remained positive that everything will be ok, as we know GOD has a plan for Briana as she is such a special child. Anyone that knows her, knows that she is a fighter and tough cookie and has too many pranks up her sleeve to stop now. We are asking people to please get tested. It’s a simple swab of the mouth at the local blood bank and you are added to the national registry, where Briana is looking to find a donor. The actual process is harder on the donor and requires a hospital stay so we understand if not everyone is willing to go through with it, which is more than understandable. We ask that everyone research the procedure and risk as that’s the hard part if you are chosen. All we would like to do is ask if anyone is willing to be a Bone Marrow Donor, please go get tested and maybe we can find a match for Briana or so many others! Please share this!
The Cristian Rivera Foundation wants to wish a happy birthday to Cristian’s mommy, Jenelle Asencio. On January 25, 2009, she lost her son Cristian to DIPG and this loss sparked the foundation to spread awareness and raise money for a cure. Jenelle found a way to channel her grief positively, and has set off to become a nurse and help other children in their time of need. We applaud this courageous woman for showing so much strength while facing unbearable tragedy.
Notable names from television, restaurants, radio and sports have been seen wearing the new Cristian Rivera Foundation bracelet, which debuted at the Third Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Gala on Monday September 12. Inspired and designed by Cristian’s Mommy Jenelle Asencio, each brown beaded bracelet features the Cristian Rivera Foundation logo in your choice of a bronze or silver charm. The bracelet received a great reception upon its debut and has already seen on the wrist of New York Yankee greats CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez, as well as Hot 97’s Angie Martinez, Danielle Staub of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and celebrity chefs Ricardo Cardona and Alex Garcia, both of whom are committee members of the Cristian Rivera Foundation. Visit http://cristianriverafoundation.org/shop.html to order yours today.