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Foundation Battles To Fight Brain Tumor In Paintball Tourney

Long Island City Paintball Tournament Fundraiser

A paintball fundraiser was held in Long Island City on Saturday to raise money for pontine glioma research. (Credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A group of paintballers came together in Queens on Saturday with a mission to remember a little boy who lost his life to a rare illness.

Cristian Rivera died in 2009 from pontine glioma, a brain stem tumor which strikes up to 300 children per year in North America and has no cure.

The foundation named in Rivera’s honor held a paintball tournament to raise money to fight the disease in Long Island City.

“We do six to seven annual events a year and the goal is to try to raise funds for the clinical trials, awareness, and support families who are currently dealing with the disease,” Ridgewood resident Ralph Mercado said.

Eleven teams raised more $4,000.