Oakland Raiders Coach Ron Rivera on the Path to History at Super Bowl 50

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Its rare for Latino’s to be head coaches in the National Football League. There have only been five. It is rarer to win a Super Bowl. Only Tom Flores of the Oakland Raiders (SB 15, 18) has done that. But for Ron Rivera, its just about making a point once more.

Rivera was the first Puerto Rican to play in and win a Super Bowl when his Chicago Bears defeated New England in the twentieth edition of the NFL’s premier event. Now as a coach, Rivera led the Carolina Panthers to an excellent 15-1 regular season and the second Super Bowl berth in its history.

Not bad for a man who saw his house burned to the ground and his brother die during the journey in 2015. The challenges in his personal life would have derailed most men. But his background suggests he has always had examples of strength to draw upon. He was the son of a Puerto Rican commissioned officer in the United States Army. Along with his mother, who is of Mexican heritage, he was what us called an army-brat, always traveling to where the father was stationed.

He was a gifted athlete and won a scholarship to play at the University of California at linebacker. He won the Lombardo Award as the nation’s top lineman in 1983. After nine seasons in the NFL he tried his hand as a TV analyst. But it took eight tries to land his current position.

“I know that somewhere along the line, if I get things in my favor, I think I can be successful.”

Rivera pointed out.

If he needed a reminder of professional and personal excellence in the face of adversity he only had to look to his wife, Stephanie, who served as an assistant coach for the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. His brother Mickey, fought cancer for two years before succumbing last year.

As he prepares his team to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, one has to assume that Rivera’s talent and toughness, forged over a lifetime of both victory and defeat, will be able to find a way to make the ultimate point as the first Puerto Rican to coach a Super Bowl champion.

CHINO AND NACHO WINS HEARTS OF CANCER VICTIMS

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The latest album project of Chino and Nacho is enormous in material and depth of character. Their new album “Radio Universo” is 18 tracks deep and the number of colloborations nearly as long. Names such as Farruko, Gente de Zona, Jerry Rivera, and Sean Kingston come to mind among others.

Its direction in content is a bit of a turn for this acclaimed duo. In working with Farruko on the remix single, they shed their comfort zone for sure.

“Our music is Tropical Urban, we mix merengue and Latin roots, but with this song, we went a bit more urban.”

Chino explained.

They released their single “Me Voy Enamorando remix” at the same time and is perched at the Top of BILLBOARDS Tropical Airplay chart. But its the response their video is receiving that is making bigger news. It has been viewed by over 39 million in only a day of release on Vevo.

The center of the story is about a struggle many people worldwide share. The topic of Cancer.

“This video has a very beautiful love story. Everyone here knows a person or has lost someone due to cancer.”

Chino pointed out,

“We wanted to touch the hearts of those people with cancer to give them strength and positivism.”

The video, which was filmed in Venezuela harps on the power of support to counter less than optimum circumstances. Chino explained,

“The most effective remedy is love. Love from your family, your friends, that’s what makes people go on.”

Chino and Nacho have evolved and in the process touched millions.

Saludos con los Drs. Pimentel: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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Did you know this month is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month? While only men have prostates, women should continue reading in order to learn more about the physiology of the men in their lives.

Where is the prostate located?
The prostate is a small gland located under the bladder and in front of the rectum. The urethra—the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body—runs through the prostate.

What does it do?
It helps control the flow of urine and produces fluid that aids in fertilization and sperm transit.

What causes prostate cancer?
There are various risk factors that contribute to prostate cancer. Some risk factors include advanced age, genetics, lack of exercise, unbalanced diet, ethnicity and obesity.

How often should men get checked?
There are 2 main screening exams: The prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE). Men at the age 50 should begin having a conversation with their doctor about cancer screening. If risk factors are higher than average then speaking with a doctor sooner is recommended.

St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign

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It’s the holiday season and while most are shopping for gifts for loved ones consider buying a gift that makes you feel good about your purchase. St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign offers an assortment of holiday gift ideas that are budget-friendly and sales during the campaign support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.

Luis Fonsi and Izarah at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Luis Fonsi and Izarah at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from the public, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of the financial situation.

This year, designer and television host Sabrina Soto and actress and singer Olivia Holt unveiled custom holiday products they designed for the 2013 St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.

Other elegant holiday products created by their partners include Kmart, Kay Jewelers, Target, west elm, Pottery Barn, HomeGoods, TUMI, Brooks Brothers and more, that all give back to St. Jude!

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. Join St. Jude in finding cures and saving children.

Sofia Vergara films a St. Jude Thanks and Giving spot with St. Jude patient

Sofia Vergara films a St. Jude Thanks and Giving spot with St. Jude patient

Visit the St. Jude’s holiday gift guide at: www.giftshopmedia.stjude.org

For more information on St. Jude’s Thanks and Giving campaign visit: www.tg.stjude.org

Latin Celebrities Unite for Teletón USA and Help Raise Over 15 Million Dollars!

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After 29-hours of simultaneous transmission, from locations in Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Texas, the second annual Teletón USA event that began Friday night thru to Sunday raised over 15 million dollars to help children who are ill and disabled with Cancer and Autism.

Teletón USA was presented by Mario Kreutzberger, also known as “Don Francisco” from the popular show “Sábado Gigante.” Many other Latin celebrities such as Lucero along with Jorge Ramos, Galilea Montisco and Raul Gonzalez also hosted the event.

Using the slogan “Heroes with a Heart” Celebrities like Carlos Vives, Lucero, Daddy Yankee, Daniela Romo, Jesse & Joy, Johnny Lazada, Pedro Moreno, Olga Tañón and many more performed at various venues to help raise money.

La Marina performed in Washington Heights, New York in front of energetic crowds. Thalia also performed last night lending her voice to the cause aiding children who are ill, disabled and have autism. Images from Teletón USA 2013 showed excited crowds and even more excited performers doing their part to help those in need.

It’s a blessing. It makes me realize the privilege of giving what I have,” said Teletón USA host Raúl Gonzalez to the media. “Helping your neighbor is the essence of life.

Over 100 Latin celebrities and TV personalities came out over the two days to support Teletón USA 2013. Daddy Yankee recently spoke with eluniversal.com about his participation and performance.

You feel like a tool to try and make life better for all these children and at the end of the day the mission here is to raise the most money for all children. I hope that the impact of all the artists and all public figures be higher to raise as much money as possible.

The funds raised are going directly to the Center of Rehabilitation for Infants USA in San Antonio, Texas.

Fernando Landeros, president of the Teletón EE, UU. thanked the Latin community for their support and said that the hospital will be inaugurated in October 2014.

Sofia Vergara To Support St. Jude’s Tenth Annual Thanks and Giving Charity Campaign

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Sofia Vergara is joining singers Luis Fonsi and Prince Royce for the Tenth Annual Thanks and Giving Charity Campaign in support of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

The Modern Family star said, “As a mother and there is nothing more important to me than helping to support the work of St. Jude, they help save the lives of children around the world.

In a statement St. Jude hospital said, “The family never receive a bill from St. Jude, including treatment, transportation, and housing. The hospital has the best survival rates in the world for various types of childhood cancer.

Sofia herself is a cancer survivor. Diagnosed Thyroid Cancer when she was just 28 years old. She discovered her thyroid issue while at her son Manolo’s doctor’s appointment back in 2000. The physician convinced her to get a check-up and then found out that her thyroid was abnormal. They did a biopsy and uncovered that her thyroid was, in fact, cancerous and she underwent surgery to remove her thyroid.

After the surgery, Sofia was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and has been taking the medication Synthroid to control her hormone levels every day since.

Back in April at the launch of a new campaign to which Sofia is a spokeswoman for,’Follow the Script,’ aimed to educate individuals with hypothyroidism about the importance of being consistent with the treatment prescribed by their doctors, Sofia discussed her own battle with the condition and what she does to stay happy and healthy.

They removed my thyroid and since then I have to use medication,” she told reporters at the event. “I got rid of the cancer and then for me it was, ‘Oh shoot, now I have to live with this condition my whole life … I have to be on medication my whole life and I don’t have a thyroid.’ So, of course I had to make myself realize what was going on with my body and I have to say in the past ten years, I never had a problem. I’m very very straight with the way I try to do what the doctor says and I go to my doctor religiously and get my blood tests.

I think the most important part for me is my dosage and not thinking because I have hypothyroidism. I think everybody should try to eat healthy and work out and exercise for everything. Even for anti-aging, you’re going to look better you’re going to feel better for everything.

Mana, Banda El Recodo, Carlos Vives, Chino y Nacho and Danna Garcia will also be supporting St. Jude’s campaign, creating awareness through social media and radio commercials.

Cheo Feliciano Diagnosed With Cancer

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Veteran salsa singer José Luis Feliciano Vega best known as Cheo Feliciano has been diagnosed with cancer. The 77-year-old Puerto Rican stated he is suffering from cancer and that he will undergo chemotherapy.

Two months ago I was diagnosed with a form of treatable cancer,” the statement read. “Thanks to my God who has never abandoned me in these 77 years of life and to the group of excellent doctors in charge of my health care, I’m in full recovery.”

Feliciano is known for hits like “Amada Mia,” “El Ratón,” and “Ritmo Alegre.” He released a statement after several people went to the media in Puerto Rico to provide information about the artist’s health without his permission.

I’m taking advantage of this opportunity to publicly express my thanks for the unconditional support I’ve received, first from my family, my children, grandchildren, great-granddaughter and my rock, my beloved wife Coco,” the singer stated.

While it is not known what type of cancer the salsa legend is battling he seems to be in good spirits.

To all the fans around the world who have poured themselves into calls and kindnesses, and to my brother music colleagues who have provided their support to me in this phase of my life, thanks for so much love and keep praying for my quick recovery,” concluded the artist.

Hugo Chavez’s cause of death revealed

President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez passed away Tuesday at age 58.

President of Venezuela Hugo “El Comandante” Chavez died Tuesday of a massive heart attack, according to a statement the head of his presidential guard, Gen. Jose Ornella, made to The Associated Press Wednesday night.

“He couldn’t speak but he said it with his lips … `I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die,’ because he loved his country, he sacrificed himself for his country,” Ornella told the AP outside of the military academy in Caracas.

For the past two years, Chavez, 58, had been battling a yet unspecified form of cancer. A day prior to his passing, the Venezuelan government told the public that he’d been suffering from a “severe new respiratory infection,” the AP reports. The AP adds that the announcement was the second of its kind since Chavez underwent his fourth cancer surgery in Cuba on Dec. 11.

Chavez was a polarizing figure domestically and internationally who did little to endear himself to leaders of Western governments. He instead forged alliances with Fidel and Raul Castro of Cuba and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran.

Labeled the “Western Hemisphere’s most vocal leftist leader” by the Miami Herald shortly after his death, Chavez, who’d been Venezuela’s president for 14 years, is survived by four children and four grandchildren.

Univision Telethon A Success!


Univision hosted its first 28-hour Teletón USA (USA Telethon) broadcast live from Miami, New York, Texas, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Puerto Rico to raise money for kids with disabilities, cancer, and autism. Don Francisco, the host of the variety show Sábado Gigante, led the effort to raise $7 million by Sunday with the help of over 100 Latino stars including Jorge Ramos, Lucero, William Levy, Galilea Montijo and Raul Gonzalez. The successful event raised more than $8.15 million to help children’s hospitals across the country and build the first children’s rehabilitation center in the United States, the Centro de Rehabilitación Infantil Teletón (CRIT). During the telethon, 28 families depicted their struggle with their children’s health. Performers included Gloria Estefan, Paulina Rubio, Jesse & Joy, Yuri, Chayanne, Daniela Romo, Larry Hernández, Los Temerarios, Graciela Beltrán, Rogelio Martínez, Mariana Seoane, Paz de la Sierra, Cañaveral, Alex, Syntek, Beto Cuevas, Palomo, Calibre 50, María José, Mijares, Frankie J, Los Vázquez Sound and Reik. “I want to thank God, our creator, and all of these children,” said the President of Teletón USA Fernando Landeros, after seeing the Telethon had surpassed its original goal by over $1 million. “I want to tell all of those who donated ‘thank you very much’ and to all the children, you’ll have your CRIT very soon.” Institutions that receive part of the funds raised by the telethon USA are: The Miami Children’s Hospital, where he created the marrow transplant unit, The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where he built a gym for rehabilitation through therapeutic Mechano, Support program helps families of children with cancer in the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Creating sensory stimulation workshops for children with autism in the Special Needs Activities Center for Kids in New York, and Finance “Miracles Program” for children at Children’s Hospital Boston. Bravo Univision!

By: Shelley Mendoza