Professional bodybuilder “Mr. Olympia” Victor Martinez, a committee member of the Cristian Rivera Foundation, announced that his upcoming appearance at the Arnold Sports Festival will be dedicated to Cristian Rivera, as well as the foundation that shares his name. Martinez knew Cristian before he passed away from pediatric brain stem tumor in 2009 and visited him in the hospital during his final days. “It was heartbreaking to see Cristian in his last moments,” said Martinez, “but I was happy to be there for his father, John ‘Gungie’ Rivera, during his toughest times.” Martinez will compete in the bodybuilding portion of the Arnold Sports Festival on Saturday March 1 in Columbus, Ohio. The multi-disciplinary event lasts from Friday February 28 through Sunday March 2 and features a variety of sporting events, including boxing, mixed martial arts and hockey, to name a few. “The Cristian Rivera Foundation has come a long way and I know that often you start something and it eventually fades away, so this is my way to shine a light again on this great cause,” said Martinez.
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.