Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Giving Back- Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention

Fashiontary is beginning a series called, "Giving Back" where we highlight a designer or retail aficionado who gives back to the community. Beginning our series is Ralph Lauren and the center for cancer he gave to.

According to NY1, it all started when Ralph Lauren met Dr. Harold Freeman, then at Harlem Hospital. Dr. Freeman pioneered the Patient Navigator Program in Harlem so that the poor and uninsured could be screened and treated for cancer. Lauren had supported cancer research in the past, but after meeting with Dr. Freeman in 2001, he was inspired to take his involvement to another level. He was incredibly impressed with Dr. Freeman’s expertise and passion for making cancer screening and treatment available to all.

The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention is a community based Center for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through new models of patient care, research, education and outreach designed to address the unique needs of the community.

The Center, made possible by a generous gift from the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, is a partnership between Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and North General Hospital. Located in East Harlem, New York, the Center features a warm, friendly environment where guests can count on personalized attention.

The Center accepts most insurance plans and low or no cost screening is available for those who qualify.

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