8 November 2022 |
On October 24, boxing superstar Oscar De La Hoya donated $1 Million to Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital to help expand chemotherapy treatment to breast cancer patients in the Boyle Heights community of East Los Angeles. According to a news release by De La Hoya’s company Golden Boy Promotions, he shared that he’s “hopeful that this donation can help raise awareness and lead other people who have been as blessed as I to offer similar support.”
In a YouTube video posted by Golden Boy Boxing, Hoya shared that he actually hadn’t expected to give during his routine visit to the hospital, but was moved by the stories of two women with stage 4 cancer whom he met in the hospital wing. He felt the urge to do more.
“My mother died of breast cancer at the age of 39, and there’s not a day that goes by that I wonder what more I could have done to help extend her life,” De La Hoya said of his mother, Cecilia.
An article by Boxing Scene reports that De La Hoya’s check was given during a special event hosted by Chavelyta’s Pink Hood – A “Pamper Me” day treating people who have recently been diagnosed, completed treatment, or have lost a loved one to cancer.
“Oscar has contributed so much to this hospital for more than 20 years,” said John Raffoul, President of Adventist Health White Memorial. “Many people don’t know how involved he is with the community he is from. We are excited and humbled by his consistent involvement with this hospital – from the Cancer Center to the Neonatal Intensive Care Center, to supporting local non-profits like Chavelyta’s. This donation will help tremendously with our efforts to support this community’s needs.”