Cristian Rivera’s journey inspired his father, John "Gungie" Rivera, to start the Cristian Rivera Foundation, a New Jersey-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, that is committed to finding a cure for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) by funding research and clinical trials, spreading awareness, and providing family support.
These goals are achieved through fundraising events, monthly newsletters, media outreach and other methods designed to educate and enlighten those in the community who are not aware of DIPG and its devastating effect on children and families.
Today, we have three children who have responded well to the clinical trials we fund. These three children are providing hope and promise to the medical community and to children and families impacted by DIPG.
Our foundation has also become a source of support, information, and financial assistance to families affected by DIPG. We work with affected families and help them navigate through this difficult process, providing them with the tools to understand this horrible disease.