June 11th 2008

Today Cristian had another MRI. It was the second MRI since he began the new treatment on Thursday 2/28/08, consisting of the Combination of Bevacizumab and Irinotecan. When Cristian had his first MRI on 4/14/08 while on this combination of Bevacizumab and Irinotecan, there was a decrease in the tumor’s size by almost 15 percent. We were so happy. But on Wednesday June 11th 2008 his second MRI while on the Combination of Bevacizumab and Irinotecan the results were a slight increase in the size of the Tumor, 1/2 centimeter in Diameter or .5 millimeter. This was so upsetting and discouraging. Dr. Gershon of Memorial Sloan Kettering met with the team and they agreed they must change Cristian’s regiment immediately. This was so upsetting to us because we had incredible results on the first MRI 4/14/08 while on Bevacizumab and Irinotecan. Our dear friend Ralph Mercado Sr’s Tumor had disappeared while on the same regiment of Bevacizumab and Irinotecan. Dr. Gershon wants to meet with us on Wednesday 6/18 and discuss the possibility of 2 trial drugs that Memorial Sloan Kettering is currently offering, Premetrexed or Panatuzmab. We will not stop fighting because our son is Alive and Strong with a will to live. He is his normal “Bossy Self”!!! We appreciated all the guest book entries and all the prayers. We welcome them all with open arms!!!

John “Gungie” Rivera
Forever Cristian’s Daddy