Cristian Rivera Foundation

April 2021 Newsletter – Happy Spring from CRF!

April 2021 Newsletter – Happy Spring from CRF!

April is here and with it comes Spring! After a long Winter, and more time than ever spent indoors due to the pandemic, we cannot wait to welcome the sunshine and get outside. As the signs of Spring begin to develop around us, our foundation’s work also continues to evolve with the changes in our […]

Dylan Jude Harrell

Dylan Jude Harrell

Seeing your child in the hospital is a horrible thing to witness. For Dylan’s parents, this was a reality. Dylan first experienced symptoms of DIPG when she was in daycare and her eye started moving inwards. Her parents went to visit the ophthalmologist, who told them that nothing was wrong. Later on, she began experiencing […]

The Toll of COVID-19 on Pediatric Cancer Screenings

The Toll of COVID-19 on Pediatric Cancer Screenings

On January 31st, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency. Less than two months later, on March 11th, the WHO officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Since then we have all been experiencing on and off lockdowns and our whole lives changed. We all had to get used to a new […]

Board Member Spotlight: Vanessa Rodriguez

Board Member Spotlight: Vanessa Rodriguez

Vanessa Rodriguez is a New York Real Estate agent serving both Westchester and the Bronx. She has known our founder John “Gungie” Rivera for many years, well before the Cristian Rivera Foundation was formed. Vanessa even had the pleasure of meeting Cristian a year before his passing. When the foundation was first started, she would […]

Spring Cleaning: 5 Ideas to Help Get Rid of Mental and Physical Clutter

Spring Cleaning: 5 Ideas to Help Get Rid of Mental and Physical Clutter

It’s finally springtime! The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining. Oftentimes with Spring right around the corner, spring cleaning starts to pop up in everyone’s mind. Whether it is a deep clean, redecorating, or just a fresh start, spring cleaning can be extremely beneficial for your physical and mental […]

Beyond the Tumor: An Update on Maria’s Fight Against DIPG

Beyond the Tumor: An Update on Maria’s Fight Against DIPG

The Cristian Rivera Foundation first connected with Maria Kuenster, a 23-year-old woman fighting DIPG, in January 2021. Since then, we have followed along on her courageous battle with the disease. Maria flew to Seattle, Washington, to take part in the CAR-T Cell Therapy trial at Seattle Children’s Hospital on January 3, 2021. One of the […]