The New York City-based The Cristian Rivera Foundation hosted an event on June 13 in Hoboken to raise money for a cure for a rare, inoperable brain stem tumor. The event, held at the Zylo Tuscan Steak House, helped raise $55,000 for a cure for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Saturday Night Live’s, Kenan Thompson, and Real Housewife of New Jersey star, Danielle Staub were in attendance, with a featured performance by past ‘Sinatra Idol’ winner Eric DeLauro.
New Jersey Devils Captain Zach Parise made a surprise appearance to auction off an autographed hockey stick and jersey. The money was donated to the Pediatric Brain and Spine Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Weill Cornell Medical Center . “With all of the hard work and passion we see from the Cristian Rivera Foundation and especially its founder, John “Gungie” Rivera, I have no doubts we will realize our dream,” said Dr. Mark Souweidane in a release, who has dedicated his career to curing DIPG, which has no known survivors.