Cristian Rivera Foundation 2019 December Newsletter

Dec 2019 Newsletter

Cristian Rivera Foundation 2019
December Newsletter
The 11th Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala was a massive success and our proudest event yet. As our founder John “Gungie” Rivera mentioned during his speech, the darkness of DIPG can only be made bright by people who show up and desire to make a difference. We’re grateful to those who attended, sponsored, or made donations in the hopes of illuminating the suffering caused by DIPG. The kindness and generosity of our sponsors pass a light on to our medical partners, so they have the fuel to find a cure. We’d also like to give a big thank you to our foundation’s Chairman of the Board, Board of Directors, Committee Members, and Committee Friends who work throughout the year to shed light on our cause and bring awareness about DIPG to the world. Lastly, a warm thank you to Dr. Mark Souweidane, Dr. Oren Becher, Dr. Kathy Warren, and Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield for being the torchbearers in our fight against DIPG.As the excitement of the holidays quickly approaches, we can’t help but share a deep sadness with DIPG families around the world who may have to celebrate without their child or prepare for what may be their last holiday with them. Our hearts go out to DIPG children especially during this time of year, but we know that there are still ways we can make their holidays bright. When you support the Cristian Rivera Foundation, our funding not only goes towards research, it also goes directly to families affected by DIPG. Giving a donation today could mean helping a DIPG family pay their medical bills or helping them to purchase presents when funds may be tight. It could mean gifting a DIPG family a holiday vacation for what may be their last extended time to spend with their children. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today at the following link

Another way you can make a positive impact is by becoming a Committee Member of our foundation. As 2019 draws to a close, we are on the look-out for people who are just as inspired to make a difference. Please go on our website and visit our Board Members page to get to know the heroes who are supporting our mission. Get in touch with us at the following link to learn more about what it takes to become a Committee Member and send us an email at to express your interest in joining our mission.

Until then, we are incredibly proud of the year that we’ve had and all the progress we’ve made towards fighting DIPG. From the bottom of our hearts, we wish everyone a joyful holiday and a happy new year!

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

Available on our website

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”

Chairman of the Board:
Andy Epstein

Board of Directors:
Carlos Yepez and Darlene Rodriguez.

Committee Members:
Aldo Marin, Alex Garcia, Carlos Colon,
Ed Martin,Elis Pacheco, Fernando Ferrer,
Jarrad Seuferling, 
Jesse Allison,
Kenan Thompson, Louie Vega,
Luis Guzman, Meiling Macias Toro,
Paul Pristavec, Rafael Toro, Ramon E. Javier,
Steve Cox, and Vito Bruno.

Committee Friends:

Ben Velazquez, Dr. Manuel A. Moran,

Edward Caban, Maggie Meehan,
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
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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