When I first started FSB, one of my first major outings was a trip to the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in Harlem with David Lauren and the Ralph Lauren team to see the impact of the Pink Pony Fund, to speak with some of the doctors who have used the money from the program to help women in medically-underserved communities. It’s the kind of visit you never forget, especially when you can see the center where lives are being saved from funds the Pink Pony Fund raised.
The women who are touched by this program are utterly and completely in harm’s way when it comes to cancer treatments. Some of them have tumors so advanced their breasts are completely disfigured. Some speak no English and are brought in by relatives who are desperate to help them. This program does everything it can to treat and educate these affected women with heart and compassion, and for so many it’s the greatest hope they’ll ever have.
The world of Ralph Lauren is white glove all the way, and when I tell you that the care and concern shown to these women who are being assisted in this program is phenomenal, I’m understating it. Miles away from the polo fields, the compassion and hands-on care for these afflicted women is why I’ve remained a huge fan of the Pink Pony Fund: I’ve seen where the money goes, and I’m all about supporting all women who don’t have the means to help themselves. We can all get through this if we get there together.
This t-shirt is from last week’s Ride for the Cure with the Ralph Lauren team and I’m rocking it proudly. 25% of the proceeds from all Pink Pony merchandise goes directly to the Pink Pony Fund, where underprivileged women can have a chance at life. I also wear it for my girlfriends who’ve had breasts removed, who’ve had scares with lumps, who’ve held the hands of sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins and best friends as they’ve bravely battled this disease.
What little fashion and beauty can do during October to raise awareness for this disastrous disease, it does. Give money, buy and rock your own Pink Pony merchandise, but do something. We can all do that, right?
We can all rock a little pink for the cause…until one day, I pray, we won’t have to anymore.