I am thrilled to team up with Ralph Lauren to host the Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Podcast “Let’s Talk About Cancer” — a new podcast series that is an extension of the Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Campaign’s worldwide initiatives in the fight against cancer. When I was invited to be part of last year’s Pink Pony Campaign, I had no idea that Ralph Lauren had been fighting cancer in underserved communities for more than 18 years. So when I was offered the chance to be part of this new initiative that’s all about giving a voice to those affected by cancer — survivors, thrivers, friends — it was a joyful, cosmic YES! So thank you for listening, for sharing, and for caring.
Ralph Lauren has a legacy of fighting cancer in underserved communities by supporting programs for screening, early diagnosis, treatment, education, and patient navigation. It all began in 1989, when Ralph Lauren learned that his dear friend and Washington Post fashion editor Nina Hyde had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Her story inspired him to make a commitment to improving care for this devastating disease; thus, he co-founded the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research in Washington, DC.
Continuing his commitment, he established the Pink Pony Campaign in 2000 and turned his iconic Polo Pony pink to raise awareness for the prevention of cancer. He felt he could do even more, so in 2003 he partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering to establish the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care in Harlem, New York. Since 2000, Pink Pony’s mission has been to reduce disparities in cancer care and ensure that access to quality treatment is available to everyone at an earlier, more curable stage.
This year, the Pink Pony campaign welcomes those touched by cancer to share their stories and build a community of hope, inspiration, and support. When we come together in the battle against cancer, we are all stronger for it.
So . . . let’s talk about cancer.