30 October 2018 | Adventist Health White Memorial announced yesterday that retired boxer Oscar de la Hoya’s charitable foundation had donated $100,000 to the facility’s cleft palate program.
According to NBC 4, the hospital said that the gift would help provide “life-changing services to newborn babies who are born with cleft palate.” Hospital leaders added that the funds help address not just the physical challenges of patients but helps them “develop into confident and active young adults.”
“Oscar is a major philanthropist and donor to our hospital,” said John Raffoul, president of Adventist Health White Memorial. “Over the years, he has named the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center, the Oscar De La Hoya Labor & Delivery Center and the Oscar De La Hoya Neonatal Intensive Care Center. We are continually honored by the generosity of his gifts.”
“Though the physical symptoms of a cleft palate are what many people see, the other problems including speech and dental issues can be even more damaging to children,” said De La Hoya in a statement released by the medical facility. “For decades, White Memorial (has) provided high-quality health care to a population in need, and through this donation, kids born with a cleft palate will have a real chance at living a better life.”
Based in East Los Angeles, Adventist Health White Memorial is part of the larger Adventist Health network which runs over 20 hospitals and 280 clinics on the West Coast and in Hawaii. It also operates home care and hospice agencies. The system is headquartered in Sacramento, California, and is affiliated with the Adventist Church.