WHITE MEMORIAL: De La Hoya Donates $350,000 to Cancer Center
White Memorial Medical Center's cancer facility received a $350,000 donation from boxing superstar Oscar De La Hoya Wednesday, a tribute to his mother who received treatment for her breast cancer there. The gift will be used to expand outreach, education and screening programs, particularly for minority communities. The center, renamed the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Center, features some of the most sophisticated diagnostic equipment in Southern California and a Spanish language breast cancer support group. The center will offer educational materials and free breast exams, mammograms and treatment to uninsured or underinsured women. Doctors hope the new facility will aid in early diagnosis of breast cancer, especially among Latinas and other minority communities in Los Angeles County, who face significant cultural and economic barriers to treatment. De La Hoya said, "It's up to kids, fathers and ... mothers to be schooled by people who know about this dreaded disease," adding, "This [center] is for you, for the community" (Rivera, Los Angeles Times, 4/13).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.