Javier “Buji” Villamil – Cristian Rivera Foundation
Javier "Buji" Villamil
Date of Birth: April 26, 1998
Date of Diagnosis: April 13, 2009
Earned His Wings: January 4, 2010

Javier “Buji” Villamil was born on April 26, 1998 and diagnosed with DIPG almost 11 years later on April 13, 2009. His mother Rosemary Lora and father Gabriel Villamil first noticed that their happy, energetic and self-motivated son had a problem when he complained of not being able to see the blackboard, even after moving up to the front of the class. Even after receiving glasses, Buji – who was very athletic, playing in pee-wee league baseball and the all-star basketball team – was unable to see the ball until it was right in front of him. An MRI confirmed the worst. “It was a hard blow but as far as we were concerned, it was just an obstacle,” said Buji’s parents. “Our motto was ‘This too shall pass.'” For the next eight and a half months, Buji’s parents made the most of their time with their son and tried everything in their means to help him get better. Unfortunately, this young boy who loved sports, George Lopez, iCarly and Scooby Snacks fruit snacks passed away in the living room, with mom and dad by his side, on January 4, 2010. “Seeing him fall asleep for the last time was heart-warming. He didn’t go out in a struggle,” Buji’s parents explained. “We were always very proud of him and never disappointed. He fought until he couldn’t fight anymore. We explained that we loved him and that God loved him, and he died in peace.”