Oscar De La Hoya is an Olympic gold medalist, a prominent boxing promoter and the owner of 11 world titles in the ring. Today, he just wants to be one of the people who helps breat breast cancer. To that end, late last month the former graduate of James A. Garfield High School in East Los Angeles recently donated $1 million to Adventist Health White Memorial in Boyle Heights to support local breast cancer patients.
ROSALINA FELIPE, cancer survivor and host of Too Young For This Sh*t
A year and eight months since her life was tilted on its axis, Felipe has undergone a mastectomy, radiation treatments, breast reconstruction and lymph node dissection to combat the cancer, which had spread to her lymph nodes. Somehow, among all of that, she managed to create her own community and safe haven in the form of one-of-a-kind podcast called Too Young For This Sh*t. The podcast content covers life with cancer, with new episodes posted on Thursdays.
BIBIANA MARTINEZ, on Latinos Contra El Cancer and saving lives
Latinos Contra El Cancer operates in Los Angeles as a chapter of the American Cancer Society, and focuses on helping Latinos combat and survive cancer in communities like LA. The organization specializes in supporting Latinos suffering from cancer and helps them find medical and financial resources no matter immigration status or financial status, according to the group’s website. These resources range from hosting virtual meetings with health experts on topics – such as breast cancer, cancer screenings and coping with the loss of a loved one.
DR. EDWARD MENA, health savior helps Latinos fight off liver cancer
October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Edward Mena wants to educate the Latino community on the importance of this health topic and its risk factors. Dr. Mena is a practicing hepatologist and currently serves as the Medical Director of the Pasadena Liver Center in California.