Wednesday 3rd of May 2010

I’m very excited. Ever since I started Cristian’s foundation, I dreamed of having my son and his cause appear on a giant billboard on the West Side Highway. Between my dear friend and committee member Ralph Mercado III and I and all the phone calls we made, we finally made this happen in a really hard-to-get location that we’ve been wanting for so long. It’s going to be facing south on the north side of the West Side Highway at 132nd Street and it’s going up Monday, May 10th. That’s less than a week away! I can’t wait to see it, and I’m excited for the impact it’s going to have on the foundation. Can you imagine how many people we’re going to reach who have never heard of Pontine Glioma before? This billboard is going to take us so much closer to our goal of curing Pontine Glioma. It makes me so proud that the Foundation has gotten to this level. And it will make me smile every time I see Cristian looking down on me, not only in my dreams and in my prayers, but from a big, beautiful billboard in the sky.

John “Gungie” Rivera
Forever Cristian’s Daddy