Cristian Rivera Foundation 2018 February Newsletter

Cristian Rivera Foundation
February 2018 Newsletter

February 2018 Newsletter
February 2018 Newsletter

Cristian Rivera Foundation 2018
February Newsletter

February is a special month; A time to display your feelings for your friends and family for their love and support throughout the year. This February has been an amazing month for the Cristian Rivera Foundation, and that’s all because of your love and support of our foundation.

This past week, Lisha Ayala, A DIPG patient who is participating in the clinical trials that the Cristian Rivera Foundation is funding, received her quarterly MRI results.  The tests were stable with no activity or tumor growth!  This is her 5th year living with DIPG, providing the medical community an opportunity to learn more and make monumental strides in research.

Lisha continues to live the life of a normal teenager and has given us hope that we are close to a cure.  This is all possible through your love and support of our mission.

The Cristian Rivera Foundation also hit another milestone this month by receiving a Platinum status on is the non-profit industry leader in analysis and public information. issues their rating on transparency and the positive activity conducted in the non-profit community.

The Cristian Rivera Foundation is honored to be awarded a Platinum Status for our efforts, commitment and transparency.

One can only be excited for what’s to come the next couple of months. Our foundation has so many events planned for 2018.  We have our Raffle Project, the 1st Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation “Full Steam Ahead 5K” Sat June 9th, the 3rd Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Freestyle Flashback Boat ride Sat July 21st, The Children’s Book “Cristian’s Journey” will be out in the Spring and the 10th Annual Cristian Foundation Celebrity Gala will take place on Wednesday, November 14th.

Please visit our website at and stay connected with all of our events, view our gallery and sign our guestbook to let us know you stopped by!

We would like to thank everyone who has supported our foundation by attending, sponsoring, and donating. Lastly, all of us at the Cristian Rivera Foundation wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day! Show love to our foundation with your kind donation today!

Speaking of great supporters and being part of our journey, CRF’s highlighted Member of the Month is Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member Paul Pristavec. Paul has been an incredible member.

Who is Paul Pristavec?
Paul Pristavec, a Staten Island native father of 6, is a Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch. He joined Merrill Lynch in 1992 and has been advising high net worth individuals and wealthy families since 1996. He is a parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church and is involved in charitable work for the Archdiocese of New York.  Paul Coaches CYO basketball at Our Lady Star of the Sea. Paul loves to take his children to all their sporting events. Paul and his wife Dana reside in the Tottenville section of Staten Island.

What does it mean to you to be a part of the Cristian Rivera Foundation?
Being a part of the Cristian Rivera Foundation is rewarding in so many ways. Being a father of 6, I can’t imagine what it must feel like to lose a child. It means so much to me to be a part of an organization that is giving back and making a difference in the lives of so many children and families.  

What is your proudest moment as a Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member?
My proudest moment as a Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member was on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, when I learned about Lisha’s progress. Lisha’s MRI results came up favorable and I’m honored to have been a part of that. This is a reminder of why I am involved in the Cristian Rivera Foundation and put in the time that I do. Lisha is proof that we are headed in the right direction and that one day, we will not fear DIPG.

All donations to the Cristian Rivera Foundation are tax deductible and money raised by the Cristian Rivera Foundation goes to the suffering families, doctors and hospitals working tirelessly towards finding a find for the deadly pediatric brain tumor known as DIPG.

To give a donation, please visit
All donations are appreciated and go a long way. Please be sure to follow us on Twitter @TweetCRF, Instagram @cristianriverafoundationand like us on Facebook at to stay up to date on the latest news and all of our exciting new upcoming events for 2018!

Our MissionThe mission of the Cristian Rivera Foundation is to help find the cure for

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable
and incurable brain stem tumor.

What is DIPG
(Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma)?

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma or DIPG, is a Rare, Inoperable Brain Stem Tumor that predominantly affects children between the ages of 2 and 10. Only 200-300 cases are discovered in the United States each year and because there is no cure, it’s young victims only have an average of 3-18 months to live, after they’ve been diagnosed. There are NO SURVIVORS.

Who is
The Cristian Rivera Foundation?

The Cristian Rivera Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that works tirelessly, in order to raise awareness and funds to one day put a STOP to this disease. The Cristian Rivera Foundation funds the work of Dr. Mark Souweidane of Weill Cornell Medical Center – Memorial Sloane (Kettering) Cancer Center and Dr. Oren Becher of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Lurie Cancer center at Northwestern University. Both Doctors are conducting promising research and trials that have shown promising results. We are CLOSE to a CURE!

How Can You Help:
  • Help us by making a Donation.
  • Every Donation Big or Small, will help us achieve our goal.
  • Help spread the word to your family, friends and Colleagues.
Thank You again and may this be the year we say goodbye to DIPG,
(Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma),
Cristian´s Journey
A Story Inspired by John “Gungie” Rivera, “Forever Cristian´s Daddy”
Cristian's Journey

Written by John “Gungie” Rivera
and Robert Vazquez

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Weill Cornell Medical Center. Thank you for bringing us closer to a cure.

The Cristian Rivera Foundation

John “Gungie” Rivera
(Founder of The Cristian Rivera Foundation & “Forever Cristian’s Daddy”)

Board of Directors:
Andy Epstein and Darlene Rodriguez.
Committee Members:
Aldo Marin, Alex Garcia, Carlos Colon,
Carlos Yepez, Ed Martin, Elis Pacheco,
Fernando Ferrer, Jarrad Seuferling,
Jesse Allison, Kenan Thompson, Louie Vega,
Luis Guzman, Meiling Macias Toro, Nirav Patel,
Paul Pristavec, Rafael Toro, Ramon E. Javier,
Robert Vazquez, Steve Cox, Tony Ferrara
and Vito Bruno.

Vicky Estrella

spac Committee Friends:
Ben Velazquez, Dr. Manuel A. Moran,
Dennis Rodriguez, Edward Caban,
Mark Rosner, Modesto Lacen, Pablo Diaz,
Robert Dominguez, Teddy “Tedsmooth” Mendez
and William Pla.
Honorary Committee Members:
The Late Anthony Mason
and The Late Miriam Colon.
Ami Ferrara, David Rodriguez,
Ginalisa Monterroso and Karla De Epstein


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Cristian Rivera Foundation PO Box 656. Edgewater, NJ 07020

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