ABC News reported on the impact that the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care is having in the lives of its patients in Harlem. Here is an excerpt from their story (October 26, 2016):
“Every year, the [Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care] receives more than 12,000 patients — 80 percent of whom count on Medicaid or Medicare for their health care needs, according to the center.
Founded in 2003 as a joint venture with the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care was established after a meeting between Ralph Lauren and Dr. Harold Freeman.
‘The story that Dr. Freeman tells is he expected to leave and wait for weeks or months for Ralph Lauren to respond. And at the end of the meeting, my dad just turned to him and said, “I’m in. What do you need? How much?” and Dr. Freeman gave him a number, and my father said, “Great, we’re going to support it,” and he has ever since,’ David Lauren said.”