Cristian Rivera Foundation Walk-A-Thon is a Huge Success!

The participants in the Cristian Rivera Foundation Walk-a-thon proudly holding up the Foundation banner after they concluded the walk-a-thon.


At 9 AM this past Sunday, April 17th, 2011 Cristian Rivera Foundation supporters trickled into the Roberto Clemente State park in the Bronx wearing Cristian Rivera Foundation t-shirts and wristbands to show their support in finding a cure for DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma).

The Walk-for-Health was created to inspire community consciousness and raise funds to help fight a variety of ailments that affect our community. This year the focus was on fatal pediatric brain stem tumors and benefited The Cristian Rivera Foundation.

The Cristian Rivera Foundation’s mission is to help find a cure for Pontine Glioma brain stem tumors, which ultimately claimed Cristian’s young life. The Cristian Rivera Foundation donates all monies raised to hospitals and foundations researching cures for Pontine Glioma through medical trials and scientific research. For instance, the Cristian Rivera Foundation actively supports Dr. Mark Soudweidane of the Weill Cornell Medical Center, who has formed a clinical trial that will aim to bypass the blood-brain barrier and treat Pontine Giloma tumors directly. The Foundation also donates to public awareness campaigns that seek to raise community consciousness regarding this terrible disease.

Proud friends, family and supporters joined Cristian Rivera Foundation committee members; Deputy Inspector Edward Caban, La Mega 97.9 FM’s On-Air Radio Personality J.I. Starr, The Remix King DJ Tedsmooth, Marketing Company Owner Elis Pacheco, Interior Designer Solange Osorio, Talent Agency CEO Carlos “Keyes” Fernandez, Renowned DJ and Business Impresario Ralph Mercado III, Art Director for Lillian August Design Katie DeFlorio, Music Producer and Cutting Records Owner Aldo Marin, Real Estate Agent Fulvia Lora and Cristian Rivera Foundation Founder John “Gungie” Rivera to begin the 5 mile walk through the Roberto Clemente State Park.

The Hudson River Café donated water bottles which were passed out by happy volunteers cheering the walkers on. The walk concluded with a group picture and pledges to come back for the next walk-a-thon.

For more information and/or pictures log on to the Cristian Rivera Foundation website here, or please contact Tatiana Bascope at 212-779-2222.
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By Peter Milosheff


Support the Cristian Rivera Foundation at the 4th Annual Walk for Health Walk-a-Thon


Time to bust out those walking shoes …the 4th Annual Walk for Health Walk-a-Thon PONTE-EN-FORMA is coming to Roberto Clemente State Park on Sunday April 17th from 10am-2pm. Every year, event sponsors the Diversity Foundation and The National Puerto Rican Parade choose charitable causes important to the community to benefit from the money raised. This year, they’e chosen the Cristian Rivera Foundation. As if that wasn’t enough of a reason to sign up, the Cristian Rivera Foundation also offers a series of walk-a-thon packages including signature foundation wristbands and t-shirts, as well as $25 gift certificates to Hudson River Café and Havana Café.

Walk-A-Thon Registration

Click here to see all of the available packages and to register for this five-mile walk. It’s a great workout for a great cause with some great gifts, so sign up today and we’ll see you there! Even if you can’t make it, you can still donate to the Cristian Rivera Foundation.

For more information, call 212-779-2222.

John “Gungie” Rivera’s Ch 7 Interview


John “Gungie” Rivera’s interviewed on Ch 7 News regarding DIPG awareness, the Cristian Rivera Foundation and the upcoming walk-a-thon to benefit the Cristian Rivera Foundation, this Sunday 4/17/11 at Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx.