Cancer Care & Prevention
Founded in 2000, the Pink Pony Fund of the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation is our longstanding effort to support cancer-fighting organizations around the world. Through the Pink Pony Fund, we aim to reduce disparities in cancer care and prevention to help ensure that people in underserved communities have access to quality treatment at an earlier, more curable stage.
Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation Announces $25 Million Commitment to Five Cancer Centers Across America with Goal of Reducing Disparities in Cancer Care in Underserved Communities
In 2022, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation announced that it will provide $25 million in new grant funding to establish or expand five Ralph Lauren cancer centers, aimed at reducing disparities in cancer care and access across underserved communities in the United States.
The funding will benefit institutions with a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation, including Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Ralph Lauren Cancer Center, as well as three additional locations that will be confirmed in collaboration with Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation. The White House recognized the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation’s philanthropic pledge as a leading example of how the public and private sectors are coming together and answering its call to action around its Cancer Moonshot mission to accelerate progress against the disease.
Learn more about the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation $25 Million Commitment.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Ralph Lauren Center
In 2003, the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care was established with the nation’s leading cancer center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City, to provide high-quality, compassionate cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment to all and help reduce health disparities and improve outcomes.
Since it was founded, MSK Ralph Lauren Center (MSK RLC) has cared for thousands of patients making it a beacon for accessible, compassionate cancer care for residents of Harlem, New York and beyond. MSK RLC’s doctors and staff offer care in a warm and welcoming environment. The center provides cancer screenings, treatment services, surgical and radiation oncology referrals, and chemotherapy, along with a number of supportive services – including navigation programs, financial counseling and access to a medically-tailored food pantry supplemented with nutritional counseling.
Learn more about our partnership here.
Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health
In 2020, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation began a partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (Center) to address increasing disparities related to cancer care in tribal communities. The Center conducted a community-based and locally-designed campaign to better understand barriers and facilitators to cancer care within Navajo and White Mountain Apache communities in the southwestern United States.
Through hearing different perspectives from community stakeholders – including tribal Community Advisory Boards, traditional practitioners, and Indian Health Service providers – the Center learned about barriers to cancer screening and breakages in the continuum of care. In addition, the Center discovered that screening rates have dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic, an indication that cancer disparities, such as later stage diagnosis, will likely increase for Native Americans.
To help reverse this trend, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation is providing funding for the Center and its programs, which will focus on providing tribal communities with cultural strengths-based educational tools and a patient navigator program designed to improve screening rates and reduce mortality and morbidity, particularly from breast cancer.
Additionally, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation provided special care boxes to help support cancer patients and their families in Navajo communities, including those in Tuba City, Arizona, and Chinle, New Mexico, as well as the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Whiteriver, Arizona.