On June 6, jockey Victor Espinoza and American Pharoah captured the first Triple Crown in American horse racing since 1978, coming out ahead in the Belmont Stakes after having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Also a winner that day was City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases whose main hospital is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics in Southern California.
Each year for the past 10 years, Espinoza has donated a portion of his winnings to City of Hope. He was first introduced to City of Hope when a millionaire friend took him there to visit after one of their many lunches. He saw the sick children and was only able to stay for a few minutes because it upset him so much. Now, Espinoza often visits the City of Hope campus sharing with patients smiles, gifts and stories of his more than 3,200 career victories.
“Good health—that’s what I want for everyone. With good health, people can enjoy life and do those things that make them happy,” Espinoza said. “By working to defeat cancer, City of Hope’s researchers and doctors are bringing a greater chance of health and happiness to people everywhere.”
The supermarket industry also is a strong supporter of City of Hope and Cheryl Kennick, who is senior director of corporate philanthropy for City of Hope/Food Industries Circle.
Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope also is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation.
“We are grateful for Espinoza’s support and his continuing efforts to raise awareness of City of Hope’s groundbreaking scientific research and our lifesaving, patient-focused care,” City of Hope said.
Donations received by June 30 will be matched by HP, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000. Visit City of Hope to donate.