Dee Dee Ricks' breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 38 did anything but slow her down. After diagnosis, Ricks channeled her energy towards treating underserved communities in New York City through the Ralph Lauren Center (RLC) for Cancer Care. After undergoing a bilateral mastectomy and immediate reconstruction, Ricks raised nearly $3.1 million to match an initial endowment for the RLC while undergoing 22 months of chemotherapy. At that time she also created a documentary of her breast cancer journey, The Education of Dee Dee Rick. Ricks has also been instrumental in developing a national corps of patient navigators to improve standards of practice and compassionate care for underserved individuals.