Hope is rising on a heal for singular childhood cancer DIPG

On Nov. 15, song writer and upholder John (Gungie) Rivera will horde a ninth annual luminary fundraising celebration for a Cristian Rivera Foundation.

Named in respect of his immature son who mislaid a conflict with cancer in 2009, Rivera has continued to work toward anticipating a heal for a intensely singular form of cancer that claimed Cristian’s life during a age of six.

Diffuse unique pontine gliomas (DIPG) customarily affects an estimated 300 children worldwide and is generally diagnosed in kids between a ages of dual and nine. Considered terminal, a child diagnosed with DIPG is customarily given a lifespan of 3 to 18 months.

Yet notwithstanding these severe odds, Rivera is not disheartened from his idea to assistance learn a cure.

“I feel clever that we will see a heal in my lifetime,” Rivera says. “I consider in a subsequent 5 years there will be a change in a presence rate and eventually it will be really treatable.”

He now has even some-more reason to be optimistic. Lisha Ayalais, 12, was diagnosed with DIPG 5 years ago. She became a partial of clinical trials saved by Rivera’s substructure underneath a organisation of Dr. Mark Souweidane during Weill Cornell Medical center.

Cristian Rivera

Cristian Rivera

In a years since, Lisha has defied a odds.

“Lisha is going on 5 years with DIPG and in a final few years, her quarterly MRI shows 0 expansion and 0 activity of her tumor,” pronounced Rivera.

“She is vital explanation that we are creation progress.”

This enlivening growth has emboldened Rivera to work even harder to widespread a word and boost support for a substructure so that some-more kids can join Ayala in her progress.

Sponsors like Goya and a Little Kernel Popcorn association have upheld a substructure via a years, along with such cabinet members as actors Luis Guzman and Keenan Thompson, and anchor Darlene Rodriguez of NBC’s “Today in New York.”


John (Gungie) Rivera, owner of a Cristian Rivera Foundation.

(Cristian Rivera Foundation)

This year’s celebration will be hold during a swanky Capitale (130 Bowery) after a eventuality grew too vast to be hold during a former plcae — a pointer that Rivera hopes means some-more appropriation is on a approach for a foundation’s research.

“The some-more people that get behind us, a improved possibility we have during eradicating this disease,” Rivera says.

“Our idea is to lift a million dollars per gala. We’re not there yet, though we are going in a right direction.”

For some-more information on a Cristian Rivera Foundation and for tickets to a gala, go to cristianriverafoundation.org.

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