Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Come Together to Help Raise Much-needed Funds for City of Hope’s 25th Annual Fight for Life
Boxing event fundraiser was attended by over 1,000 people
Los Angeles, California (Nov. 18, 2019)— City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, presented its 25th annual Fight for Life boxing event on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at The Novo at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.
Co-hosted by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the sold-out event drew a crowd of over 1,000 people, including American Boxing Champion and Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard, legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach and world champion fighter Abner Mares. Other attendees included L.A.’s own Jeff Garcia, also known as “The Sports Dude” for “The Cruz Show” on 92.3 FM, actress Aimee Garcia, actor and artist Alimi Ballard, and actor Jaleel White. The event’s host committee included Aimee Garcia, Erik Estrada and Lou Diamond Phillips.
The audience of supporters were entertained by an incredible 12 competitive boxing matches between the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. With The Novo at L.A. LIVE providing the perfect stage, the big crowd cheered as boxers took calculated swipes at one another.
With the audience’s energy and with excitement built up over months of extensive training that members of both boxing teams completed, the annual fundraiser had the genuine look and feel of a world championship boxing match. After completing fights in various weight classes, with each fight consisting of three rounds, the Los Angeles Police Department took home the bragging rights for the year as the champions of City of Hope’s 25th annual Fight for Life.
At this year’s event, City of Hope presented the Gloves of Hope Award to Audie Attar in recognition of his philanthropic contributions. Attar is the founder of Paradigm Sports Management, one of the fastest-growing international sports management agencies focused on building the best athletes and brands through unique partnerships and ventures.
“We are grateful to everyone at the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for all the help and support they give us in our work at City of Hope. This year’s event is a reminder that City of Hope is there every day to help anyone fighting for his or her life against cancer,” said Stephen Forman, director of the T Cell Therapeutics Research Laboratory at City of Hope.
Fight for Life began in 1994 when a group of dedicated L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies encountered a young boy who had been diagnosed with cancer while patrolling in East Los Angeles. The deputies were so touched by this boy’s bravery that they befriended him and provided help to improve the quality of life for him and his family. Now, in his memory, and to help others in similar situations, the deputies continue their commitment to help improve the lives of City of Hope patients and their families through the Fight for Life event.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope’s translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is the highest ranked cancer hospital in the West, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals: Specialty Ranking. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.