Cristian Rivera Foundation 2018 November Newsletter


Nov 2018 Newsletter

Cristian Rivera Foundation 2018
November Newsletter
The 10th Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala was held on November 14th, 2018, at Capitale in New York City. 

The event was hosted by Cristian Rivera Foundation board members, Andy Epstein and NBC Anchor, Darlene Rodriguez. The gala was special for The Cristian Rivera Foundation, as we celebrated a decade of raising awareness and support for DIPG research. We also highlighted and honored the following on that special evening:

  • The Cristian Rivera Foundation has donated well over $1,000,000 to DIPG research, clinical trials and to support families.
  • We celebrated a 6th year of life with Lisha Ayala, her tumor has shown no growth and she is responding extremely well to the clinical trials.
  • Actress Rosie Perez presented Actor Ramon Rodriguez with the 2018 Cristian Rivera Foundation Humanitarian Award for his efforts to help rebuild Puerto Rico.
  • Guardian Angels Founder, Curtis Sliwa introduced a new award to the Cristian Rivera Foundation, The Guardian Angel Award.  The Award was presented to Sarah Langbert, Keith Lustman and Ginalisa Monterroso for their dedication in protecting children with DIPG.
  • “Cristian’s Journey”, a children’s book about a young boys passion to spread love and happiness in the Big City, despite being told he was sick, was released on the night of the gala.  The book can be purchased on, and on Amazon and Barnes and Noble respective websites.  Any book purchased through The Cristian Rivera Foundation Website will be autographed by the Authors, Robert Vazquez & John Rivera. 
  • CRF Committee Member & Emmy Award Winning
    Kenan Thompson, of Saturday Night Live, introduced our DIPG survivor Lisha Ayala to the audience. 
  • CRF Committee Member and Editor at the New York Daily News, Robert Dominguez presented Dr Mark Souweidane with the CRF 2018 Vision of Hope Award.


The last month of the year is here!  Consider making a charitable contribution to The Cristian Rivera Foundation before the New Year.  Your contribution is tax deductible and will help fund DIPG clinical research and the innovative clinical trials being conducted by Dr. Mark Souweidane. 

We would like to close out 2018 by thanking each and every one of you for supporting The Cristian Rivera Foundation.  It is through your support that we are making monumental strides in DIPG research and giving children, like Lisha Ayala, a chance to fulfill their dreams. 

Help us start 2019 STRONG!  How You Ask?  It’s Simple, take a few moments to do one (or all of the following)

  • Raise Awareness by sending this newsletter to your family, friends and coworkers.
  • Visit our Website and take a look at all the amazing events that we host throughout the year.
  • While you are on our website, take a moment and make a small donation, purchase a wristband or a copy of “Cristian’s Journey”.  100% of the net proceeds are steered to DIPG research and clinical trial.
  • Contact us at if you would like to take part in our events, want to Volunteer or become a member of the CRF committee. We host an annual Walk, Boat Ride, Celebrity Gala, Dinners, and plenty of other fun events.  Reserve your space early!
  • Tag us On Social Media with #LoveYou10 or #CristianRiveraFoundation, we will follow you when you do!
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),
Available Now
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

Available at, Barnes and Nobile and on our website

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Barnes & Noble
Cristian Rivera Foundation

Proceeds from the purchase of
“Cristian´s Journey” will be donated to support
D.I.P.G. research and trials at
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,
and Vito Bruno.

Committee Friends:
Ben Velazquez, Dr. Manuel A. Moran,
Dennis Rodriguez, Edward Caban, Mark Rosner,
Modesto Lacen, Pablo Diaz, Robert Dominguez,
Vanessa Rodriguez and William Pla.


Honorary Committee Members:
The Late Anthony Mason
and The Late Miriam Colon.

David Rodriguez, Ginalisa Monterroso,
and Karla De Epstein


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Our mailing address is:
Cristian Rivera Foundation PO Box 656. Edgewater, NJ 07020

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