By  on January 29, 2008

NEW YORK — Since opening its doors in 2003, the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in Harlem has had 34,000 patient visits, with more than 4,000 patients screened for colon cancer. On Monday, Lauren inaugurated a 2,700-square-foot endoscopy wing, which will enable on-site colonoscopies and other endoscopic procedures. The addition is the result of a $2.5 million donation to the center by the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation.

"It started five years ago," Lauren said, recalling his involvement in the cause. "For me, it's a wonderful connection. I had met Dr. Harold Freeman [president and founder of the center], and I was so impressed. He is a man who has a vision and sensitivity. And he came to Harlem the same year I started my business, in 1967.

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