Photo: De La Hoya Donates $1 million

10/25/2022 - No comments

Boxing superstar and East Los Angeles native Oscar De La Hoya presented a $1 million dollar check to Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital today during a special event hosted by Chavelyta’s Pink Hood. The “Pamper Me” day treated people who have recently been diagnosed, completed treatment, or have lost a loved one to cancer.

The donation, spread out over the next decade, will allow for a significant expansion of breast cancer services for the Boyle Heights community.

De La Hoya is a longtime donor to the hospital, where several departments are named in his honor, including 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.

Here is what participants said at today’s presentation:

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
“Today, I am here to help provide funding for life-saving cancer treatments that are desperately needed by the women in our community. But just as importantly, I am here to send a message to those who, like me, have been so fortunate in our lives.

“My connection to breast cancer is well known, but I promise that every single person of means has a connection to an issue where those less fortunate are suffering. Today, as the city we live in faces deep-rooted problem, it is time for all of us to step up and be counted.”

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JOHN RAFFOUL, President, Adventist Health White Memorial
“Oscar has contributed so much to this hospital for more than 20 years. 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.”

ISABEL GUILLEN – President of Chavelyta’s Pink Hood
“I just want to thank Oscar and his sister Cecilia for the support all these years. I am a cancer survivor and this hospital saved my life by providing me the care I needed. Chavelyta’s is a small non-profit, and we are thankful to both Ceci and Oscar for everything they help support us in – from the food, make-up, wigs – everything we do to make people feel a little closer to normal when going through breast cancer treatment. This donation will go a long way to provide treatment to people like me.”

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Adventist Health White Memorial will be able to expand its capacity to offer chemotherapy treatment to breast cancer patients, thanks to a recent $1 million donation from boxing superstar and East Los Angeles native Oscar De La Hoya, it was announced today.

The donation from the 10-time world champion, who founded and leads Golden Boy Promotions in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, will allow for a significant expansion of breast cancer services for the Boyle Heights community.

“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. “Unfortunately, Los Angeles has an untold number of women sitting in a terrible situation, lacking access to the kind of care that can save their lives. I am hopeful that this donation can help raise awareness and lead other people who have been as blessed as I to offer similar support.”

“Oscar is a major philanthropist, donor, and partner to our hospital, “said John Raffoul, president of Adventist Health White Memorial. “We are continually honored and blessed by his generosity.”

Hundreds of women are treated for breast cancer at Adventist Health White Memorial each and every year, and credit the hospital with extending their lives and improving their quality of life.

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“I had the great honor to personally say thank you to Oscar De La Hoya for this grand gift he has given, and for this opportunity at life he has given me and those who you could say don’t have a guaranteed safety net,” said Martha Guzman, a patient of White Memorial. “There are a lot of people who are sick and don’t have many resources and have found hope at White Memorial through all the staff, doctors and financial support. Because of Oscar and this hospital, I get to see my son get married next May, exactly a year after my life-saving cancer surgery. I am a walking miracle, and it is because of this hospital.”

De La Hoya is a longtime donor to the hospital, where several departments are named in his honor, including 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.

A formal presentation of the donation will occur in the coming weeks, where De La Hoya, White Memorial staff and patients will be available to answer questions.