Happy Halloween from CRF!

October 2021 Newsletter
October 2021 Newsletter
October 2021 Newsletter

The time is almost here for our night celebrating love. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet we strongly suggest you do. We are selling out soon!

October 2021 Newsletter

This night will be an experience filled with music, charity, one-of-kind story telling, unique auction items, and of course dancing! Purchase tickets at cristianriverafoundation.org/12th-annual-gala/

October 2021 Newsletter

If you already have tickets, please remember to send us proof of at least ONE vaccination dose and photo ID. You can upload these documents at

October 2021 Newsletter
October 2021 Newsletter

Meet our 2021 honorees for our 12th Annual Celebrity Gala! Through dedication, service, and awareness, these individuals have shaped the Cristian Rivera Foundation forever – and the world!

Gio Urshela from the NY Yankees is receiving our 2021 Heroes Award for his work mentoring youth around the world and responding to COVID-19 in New York and internationally.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Greenfield is an internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon who is receiving the 2021 Vision of Hope Award for his dedication to treatment, education, funding, and research. He is also the Co-Director of the Children’s Brain Tumor Project alongside our medical partner Dr. Mark Souweidane.

Francesco Quattrone has been an excellent addition to the team after joining our board in January of 2020. He will be receiving our Outstanding Service and Dedication Award and co-owns
SuperMarket Italy – an online marketplace specializing in high-quality food products from Italy.

Jace Ward is
receiving our Golden Wings Honor for being a beacon of light to the DIPG community.
Jace always exuded positivity and a commitment to DIPG advocacy all while battling the tumor himself. Ward gained his wings on July 3rd, 2021.

October 2021 Newsletter

October 2021 Newsletter

This month we had our final board meeting for 2021 and it was our best meeting yet! With every meeting, we are further reminded that our work is helping many children around the world and making progress where there once was none for DIPG research and treatment. We had the honor of speaking with our first ever DIPG survivor Lisha Ayala, our miracle warrior Emiliano, and our 2021 Vision of Hope recipient Dr. Jeffrey P. Greenfield.

Their stories are a further reminder that DIPG is an ongoing issues that requires the dedication and research that our members give. We cannot express how thankful we are to have such dedicated members and partners. Full Steam Ahead!

October 2021 Newsletter
October 2021 Newsletter

October 2021 Newsletter

Cristian absolutely loved Halloween. Being able to dress up and act silly while collecting candy would be any child’s favorite day. Cristian only had the chance to enjoy a few Halloweens, but no child should ever have to miss one. Here’s a reminder to make the most of this holiday with your kids while you can. What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

October 2021 Newsletter

October 2021 Newsletter

The Cristian Rivera Foundation would like to thank you for staying up-to-date with all our happenings. We have very exciting events and projects coming extremely soon. We want to use our platform to bring awareness and research towards curing DIPG. We thank you for the continuous support in our efforts. Stay informed with us at cristianriverafoundation.org

Thank you from everyone at CRF.
Full Steam Ahead
Happy Halloween!

October 2021 Newsletter
October 2021 Newsletter
Our Mission

The 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 Rivera Foundation

John “Gungie” Rivera
"Forever Cristian’s Daddy"

Board of Directors:
Carlos Yepez and Darlene Rodriguez.

Committee Members:
Aldo Marin, Carlos Colon, Fernando Ferrer,
Francesco Quattrone, Jarrad Seuferling,
Kenan Thompson, Luis Guzman,
Meiling Macias Toro, Melinda Colon Cox,
Paul Pristavec, Rafael Toro, Rena Kliot,
and Steve Cox.

David Rodriguez, Edward Caban,
Michael V. Narvaez, and Vito Bruno.

Chairman of the Board:
Andy Epstein

Sarde Laurente

Committee Friends:
Alberto Torres, Alex Garcia,
Maggie Meehan, Mark Rosner,
and Vanessa Rodriguez

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


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Cristian Rivera Foundation PO Box 656. Edgewater, NJ 07020
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