Celebs come together for cancer research

BEVERLY HILLS (News4usonline) – Gale Greene has beaten the odds. Greene is a breast cancer survivor. On Aug. 20, Greene walked the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel as one of the honorees at the annual Harold & Carole Pump Foundation celebrity dinner. It was not something that Greene was expecting.  

“I am here tonight to encourage and support the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation event,” Greene said. “The work that they’re doing is near and dear to my heart as a survivor. I am blessed to be here. I don’t take it for granted that I am standing here tonight because anybody could be here tonight. 

“I know that there are many people last year who thought that they would be here tonight, and they’re not here tonight,” Greene continued. “So, I am humbled. The work that they do is amazing. They’re doing a worthy cause and making a difference in people’s lives. I’m thankful to be here.”  

After a 14-month battle, Green credits her survival to having a community rallying around her and what she’s gone through. More importantly, Greene credits her faith in God as what eventually helped her pull through her cancer fight. 

Aug. 20, 2021. Breast cancer survivor Gale Greene was one of the honorees at the 21st Annual Harold & Carole Pump Foundation gala dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Photo credit: Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline

“I can honestly tell you that my sources and my strength come from my family, from my husband. He was my rock,” Greene shared. “ But my bigger rock is my Lord and Savior Jesus. He showed up. He blessed me. He strengthened me. He made a way when I didn’t even know that there was a way. I’m thankful to be here. I’m thankful because I’m here because He has allowed me to be here. That’s the truth.” 

According to the foundation’s website, the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation, created by brothers Dana and David Pump, in honor of their late mother and father, has raised more than $8.5 million in cancer awareness and treatment. 

One of the main ways the brothers have been able to raise this amount of financial funding is by drawing heavy-hitting celebrities to support their cause. 

In the past, notable celebrities and high-profile athletes such as Mike Tyson, Pete Rose, Sugar Ray Leonard, Shaquille O’Neal,  and Cedric The Entertainer, among others, have thrown their support behind the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation. 

Besides Greene, this year’s event honorees included music legend Smokey Robinson, basketball great Isiah Thomas, Dan Schwab, and John Calipari. 

Some of the attendees at the 21st annual event included former Los Angeles Lakers Jamaal Wilkes and Norm Nixon, singer Chante Moore, R&B crooner Jeffrey Osborne, actor and comedians JB Smooth and Chris Tucker as well as former Major League Baseball stars Steve Garvey and David Justice. 

The real hero of the night worth celebrating was Greene, who, through her faith, was able to beat back her affliction. It wasn’t easy, though.  

“As a breast cancer survivor, no expects to get the [C],” Greene remarked. “It wasn’t easy. It was very tough. It was a very tough battle. It was over a year, about 14 months that I went through this journey. It was hard.”