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Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member Victor Martinez Dedicates Arnold Sports Festival Appearance to Cristian Rivera

  Professional bodybuilder “Mr. Olympia” Victor Martinez, a committee member of the Cristian Rivera Foundation, announced that his upcoming appearance at the Arnold Sports Festival will be dedicated to Cristian Rivera, as well as the foundation that shares his name. Martinez knew Cristian before he passed away from pediatric brain stem tumor in 2009 and […]

John “Gungie” Rivera Among Honorees at the 8th Annual BORIMIX: Puerto Rico Fest

  The Society of the Educational Arts (SEA) is hosting the 8th Annual BORIMIX: Puerto Rico Fest, a celebration of Puerto Rican heritage, arts and culture. The free event kicks off with the 2013 Buildinguai Arts Celebration on Thursday November 14 at The Clemente on 107 Suffolk Street in Manhattan. That night, BORIMIX will debut […]

John “Gungie” Rivera Gives Dr. Mark Souweidane Gifts and Donation from the Fifth Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala

  Cristian Rivera Foundation founder John “Gungie” Rivera recently paid a visit to personally give Dr. Mark Souweidane a check for the $100,000 pledged to his research at the Fifth Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala. The Cristian Rivera Foundation has been one of Dr. Souweidane’s main supporters and donations from the foundation have been […]

John “Gungie” Rivera Receives Exciting News from DIPG Patient

  Today, Cristian Rivera Foundation founder John “Gungie” Rivera received great news from Denise Downing, whose daughter Caitlin was the first patient in Dr. Mark Souweidane’s clinical trial. At the Fourth Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala, where Denise and Caitlin were guests of honor, Denise tearfully shared her story with the crowd and expressed […]

Collaborating to Cure DIPG

  DIPG Dad Juan Manuel Viu flew to the U.S. from Spain once again to meet with fellow DIPG Dad, John “Gungie” Rivera at The Cristian Rivera Foundation offices in New York last night.  Dr. Jaume Mora, of Spain’s Hospital Sant Joan de Deu flew into Boston earlier in the week to speak with Dr. […]

Remembering Cristian Rivera

  On January 25, 2009, the world lost a smart, brave and all-around remarkable 6-year-old boy named Cristian Rivera as his two-year battle with DIPG came to an end. Three years later, we remember Cristian on the anniversary of the day he earned his wings and went to Heaven. Cristian is loved and missed dearly […]

Jordan Malave Earns His Wings After Long Battle With DIPG

With great sadness, the Cristian Rivera Foundation announced that Heaven gained another DIPG Angel on Thursday November 17. Jordan Malave passed away at 6:30 on Thursday morning, bringing to an end his three-year battle with DIPG. He fought for an exceptionally long time and showed incredible bravery and strength in the face of this terrible […]