Dee Dee Ricks raises money for uninsured breast cancer patients
Oct 26, 2011
Dee Dee Ricks was a 39-year-old hedge fund consultant when she found out she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, and through her battle with cancer she realized the high cost takes to survive. She decided to help as many as she could by helping raise money for breast cancer patients who are not insured.
Before she was diagnosed, Ricks was spending her disposable income on everything from $400,000 to sing with Steven Tyler to anything her $14 million apartment on New York City's Upper East Side needed.
The mother of two chronicled her life prior to her double mastectomy on the HBO documentary "The Education of Dee Dee Ricks." After her procedure, the bills arrived because her operation lasted longer than the insurance policy allotted. Even though she could pay it, she felt for those who couldn't and is now attempting to raise $2.5 million for Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care in Harlem.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. It is the second most common form of cancer among women, following only skin cancer.