Prince William opens the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research

The centre is a world-class facility that sets a benchmark for cancer research

By Shantila Lee | Published: 19 May 2016

Video: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Ralph Lauren and wife Ricky attended the recent opening of the Breast Cancer Research centre that bears his name. Located at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea, the unveiling was officiated by Prince William, who has been President of the Marsden since 2007. Lauren's multimillion-pound donation went to the redeveloping of the centre that allows for pioneering breast cancer research with new technology and in-depth analysis.

"After more than twenty years of a commitment to The Royal Marsden, I am so proud to officially support their world-renowned research through the establishment of the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research," said Lauren. "Together we will make cancer research a reality by bringing it directly to patients around the world and the hope that we will find a cure in our lifetime."

Photo: Ralph Lauren

Lauren went on to connect Prince William's presence to how he was inspired by Princess Diana when she was actively involved in the centre. "My personal connection with The Royal Marsden goes back to my friendship with Princess Diana when she was its President in 1996. It is a great honour and pleasure to move forward in this fight against breast cancer with her son, HRH The Duke of Cambridge who has taken over this role. I am inspired by his dedication and together I hope our efforts can help save lives affected by this disease."

His efforts have resulted in 6.383 square feet of a streamlined, well-lit hospital floor that gives the world's top clinicians and scientists the ability to work with the latest in cancer research technology.The centre aims to identify molecular differences between tumours to determine the best treatment of individual patients.

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