Brothers Pumping Up Cancer Fight

Julius (Dr. J) Erving, walking the red carpet with wife, Dorys, was among the honorees at the 12th Annual Harold Pump Foundation. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman
Julius (Dr. J) Erving, walking the red carpet with wife, Dorys, was among the honorees at the 12th Annual Harold Pump Foundation. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

Century City, California-Harold Pump lost his fight to cancer twelve years ago. But Pump’s two sons, Dana and David, along with his wife, Carole, have been on the front line of this battle to help combat the deadly disease. Since his passing, the Harold Pump Foundation, established by his two sons and wife, the nonprofit organization has raised millions of dollars towards cancer awareness and treatment.

In their efforts to raise awareness to fight cancer, the Pump brothers have successfully been able to tap into the world of sports celebrity and entertainment to bring more attention to what they are doing. Dana and David have been extremely successful in this regards, hooking up with the most famo0us and most celebrated of professional athletes to share in with their vision to generate heightened knowledge about cancer.

For the last dozen years, Dana and David Pump have made it happen with their famous friends, holding court a highly anticipated and attended gala that includes a silent auction of hard-to-get-sports memorabilia to benefit their charitable work. Among the things the Harold Pump Foundation has done since its inception is provide thousands of free cancer screenings, mammograms and cervical exams, and outreach education forums to many individuals throughout Southern California.

The annual Harold Pump Foundation is a “Who’s Who” in pro sports and entertainment, a virtual pro sports Hall of Fame walk-through marathon. Just about anybody who is anybody considered to be icons in sports make up the crowd. The 12th Annual Harold Pump Foundation held this year at the Century City Plaza Hotel was no different.

Pro football great Jerome “The Bus” Bettis attends the 12th Annual Harold Pump Foundation gala in Century City, California. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

Giants like baseball home run king Barry Bonds, Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, basketball greats Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Isaiah Thomas, former Los Angeles Dodgers all-timer Steve Garvey and pro football Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, were just a few of the many sports legends in attendance. Among those being honored this year was the gravity-defying Julius (Dr. J) Erving, the great Sandy Koufax and former football brash boy Joe Namath.

Former Major League Baseball star Vince Colemen said he has known the Pump brothers for over a decade. He thinks what the two brothers are doing is not only wonderful, but is whole-heartedly embraced.

“It’s a great cause,” Coleman said. “They took over a great charity to support the fight against cancer. I think they’re doing a very good job. We know that it’s a very dangerous thing that is out there. It (cancer) has taken a lot of lives, so I think they are going to continue to make a lot of money to help support it, fight this thing and bring a cure to it.”

Dickerson, looking as fit as he did when he enjoyed his pro football Hall of Fame career when he played for the Indianapolis Colts and then Los Angeles Rams, said the cause the Pump brothers are backing, is a worthy one to get behind and support.

“The thing is about Dana and David…I didn’t get a chance to meet their father, but they’re making a great contribution for what they do for cancer, and that’s why I’m here,” Dickerson said.

Dennis J. Freeman
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Dennis is a news and sports photojournalist. Dennis has covered and written on issues such as civil rights, education, politics, and social justice. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Daily Breeze, Daily Press, Los Angeles Wave, Los Angeles Sentinel, and other media outlets. Dennis is currently the editor and publisher of News4usonline. He covers the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, and NCAA. Dennis is an alum and graduate of Howard University.