Why I’m Raising Money:
DIPG is a Rare, Inoperable Brain Stem Tumor that predominantly affects children between the ages of 2 and 10. Only 200 cases are discovered in the United States each year and because there is no cure, it’s young victims only have an average of 3-18 months to live, after they’ve been diagnosed. Therefore, by creating awareness and funding ground break research and trials, one day we may find a cure for this disease.
Who is the Cristian Rivera Foundation?
The Cristian Rivera Foundation is a 501 (c3) non-profit organization with the mission of increasing public awareness of DIPG, as well as raise funds that will provide financial support to families and medical facilities that conduct innovative research and clinical trials. The foundation funds and has donated approximately one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) the work of Dr. Mark Souweidane, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery of Weill Cornell Medical Center – Memorial Sloane (Kettering) Cancer Center and Dr. Oren Becher of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern. One of the children on Dr. Souweidane’s clinical trial, Lisha Ayala, has seen no growth in her tumor and has lived 6 years with DIPG.
As a result of their hard work, the Cristian Rivera Foundation was awarded a Platinum Seal on GuideStar.org. GuideStar.org is the non-profit industry leader in analysis and public information and issues their rating based on transparency and the positive activity conducted in the non-profit community. Not only does our foundation have a Platinum Seal on GuideStar.org, The Cristian Rivera is also the recipient of the 2018 Top-Rated Great Nonprofits Award from Great Nonprofits. As you can see, the Cristian Rivera Foundation is making a difference in the world of DIPG and it’s up to us to help them continue progressing.
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