Oscar De La Hoya, family donate $250K to help hospital fight coronavirus
A Los Angeles hospital battling the coronavirus pandemic has Oscar De La Hoya in its corner.
The former boxer’s foundation has donated $250,000 to Adventist Health White Memorial to support its COVID- 19 unexpected expenses and help with supplies needed to take care of the community during this crisis.
“Adventist Health White Memorial is my hospital. They took incredible care of my mother when she was fighting breast cancer,” De La Hoya said in an online video announcing the donation. “During this time of crisis, White Memorial is incurring extraordinary expenses as they continue to provide quality care to our Boyle Heights Los Angeles community.
“On behalf of me, (wife) Millie (Corretjer) and our children, we are donating $250,000 to White Memorial to help with these critical unexpected expenses. I am challenging my peers — celebrities, athletes, business leaders and community leaders — to donate to White Memorial or your local hospital to help during this crisis,” the ex-champ added.
“Oscar is a major philanthropist and donor to our hospital. We are continually honored by the generosity of his gifts. Oscar and Millie are our heroes,” said John Raffoul, Adventist Health White Memorial’s president.
De La Hoya, a native of East Los Angeles, has been a prolific donor for the Adventist Health White Memorial, 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.
The hospital is known within the community and the industry for the culturally sensitive, bilingual care provided to underserved individuals, particularly the Latino community — Adventist Health White Memorial’s patients are 90% Hispanic.
As a safety-net hospital, it is the only private, nonprofit hospital providing comprehensive care for the federally designated medically underserved area of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles.
“Covid-19 continues to spread quickly throughout the nation. Those who work in health care and at our hospitals are truly heroes, stepping up in a way that deserves our gratitude and admiration,” said Corretjer. “This is our way of saying thank you.”