The East Los Angeles native, through his foundation, gave $100,000 to their Cleft Palate program, reports City News Service.
Babies with cleft palate have an opening in the roof of their mouth and sometimes a split on their lip. The birth defect can affect eating and speaking.
“Kids born with a cleft palate will have a real chance at living a better life,” the boxing legend reportedly said.
Adventist officials told CNS the donation will provide “life-changing services to newborn babies who are born with cleft palate.” It will also, help patients “develop into confident and active young adults.”
Over the years, De La Hoya, who grew up in East Los Angeles has given to the hospital. Several departments bear his name 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.
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