Georgetown Lombardi to Establish Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Prevention


Earlier this month, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation announced that it will be giving $25 million in new grant funding to establish or expand upon five Ralph Lauren cancer centers. The funding will benefit institutions with a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation, such as the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center.

The White House recognized the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation’s pledge as an example of public and private sector partners coming together and answering the “Cancer Moonshot” call to action.

The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation will continue its longstanding partnership with Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center to establish the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Prevention in Washington, D.C., as part of its $25 million investment. In 1989, Ralph Lauren cofounded the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center after his close friend and then Washington Post Fashion Editor Nina Hyde was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“When someone we love has cancer, it affects all of us—our families, our friends, our communities,” said Ralph Lauren, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation, and Chair of the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation.

This is the biggest single funding commitment made by the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation in its 20-year history.

“We are deeply honored to carry the commitment of Ralph Lauren and the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation forward here in the nation’s capital with the establishment of The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Prevention,” said Louis M. Weiner, M.D., Director of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director of MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute.

“For over 30 years, Mr. Lauren’s pioneering vision to fight cancer through the Nina Hyde Center at Georgetown Lombardi has led to remarkable progress in breast cancer research and care. This newly-expanded collaboration will strengthen our ability to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and underserved members of our community, so they can more fully benefit from improved cancer prevention and early detection. This extraordinary gift will allow us, working together with the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation, to make the world a better place.”

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