On day 2 of her New York visit, Queen Letizia of Spain joined forces with the First Lady of the United States, Dr Jill Biden, to promote an event that is very close to Letizia’s heart – Cancer.
If yesterday was all about Mental Health, Children’s well-being, today was the day to highlight the work of organisations that are working hard behind the scene with Cancer.
A video of the day.
Letizia lost her sister to the deadly disease and she has been working tirelessly with the Spanish Association against Cancer and its research branch to bring more awareness about the disease. She is the Permanent Honorary President of the Spanish Association Against Cancer and the Scientific Foundation of the Spanish Association Against Cancer.
In New York, the first event was a meeting with Spanish researchers in the fight against cancer, as part of the celebration of “World Cancer Research Day” at the Cervantes Institute.
The meeting was attended by the president of the AECC and its scientific foundation, the general secretary of the Cervantes Institute, the general director of the scientific foundation of the AECC, the director of the Cardiovascular Institute and “Physician-in-Chief” of the Mount Sinai Hospital, the scientific director of the scientific foundation of the AECC and the director of the Cervantes Institute in New York, Richard Bueno.
The meeting discussed how the need to support Spanish researchers who carry out their work outside the borders as well as supporting global research and highlighting the advantages of international cooperation. All of this will reduce the time needed to bring results closer to patients, improve the national cancer science and medicine ecosystem, and reinforce Spain’s image as a benchmark in cancer research and innovation.
Currently, the Association has earmarked €17M for international projects, in a total of 12 countries, and has awarded 38 projects so that Spanish researchers have the tools to participate and lead high-quality studies.
Next, Queen Letizia headed towards the Columbia University Cancer Research Center where she was joined by the First Lady of the United States, Dr Jill Biden for the event marking “World Cancer Research Day”.
World Cancer Research Day (WCRD) is an initiative of the Spanish Association Against Cancer. For 6 years, the WCRD has been held every September 24, where the international scientific community focuses on areas for improvement to achieve these objectives
This was the first time the day was being marked outside Spain. But this is not the first time when Queen Letizia and Dr Jill Biden had worked together to highlight the cause.
In June this year, when the President and First Lady of the US were visiting Spain for the NATO Summit, Queen Letizia and Dr Jill Biden visited the Headquarters of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) in Madrid.
Earlier this week on Sunday, both ladies were present at the reception hosted by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace and they attended the State funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London.
The US marked “World Cancer Research Day” through the Cancer Moonshot initiative. Both ladies visited Columbia University to highlight the importance and global cooperation of cancer research.
The Day is being marked Under the slogan “Support Research: to prevent cancer and catch it early”, the focus was on collaborative research and global health inequalities related to cancer, focusing on achieving the necessary equity in prevention and detection early of the disease.
Queen Letizia and Dr Jill Biden met with the researchers from both Spain and US at Columbia university’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and heard about the achievements that have been made so far the future concerns and possibilities.
Then they toured the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center to observe the various facilities the centre provides to cancer patients and their families.
The ladies also met with the young medical students before sitting in a research panel discussion.
Speaking at the event, Queen Letizia said, “Cancer knows no borders and this social perspective of research is a global imperative. The comprehensive equity that we seek -and is so relevant to this WCRD- is strikingly exemplified by something that we have been hearing for decades about its importance, but still, today lacks the true investment required: that is PREVENTION… Prevention, early diagnosis and equity. It is the triple perspective that places people at the centre and that permeates the ecosystem that forms the health structures of each country, researchers, patients, administrations and governments, civil society, the business fabric and large companies. , universities and schools.
While AECC is a leading Spanish association in Cancer research and prevention, The Cancer Moonshot is the US resource backed by the federal government to speed progress in cancer research and lead to improved cancer prevention in the United States.
Moving towards Queen Letizia Style – Queen Letizia of Spain debuted a new look and wore a white Ralph Lauren Dakota Crepe shirt dress. Thanks to UfoNoMore for the id.
The sold-out dress was described as, “Crafted from fluid crepe marocain, one of the season’s key fabrics, the Italian-made Dakota is an interplay between menswear and womenswear, as it unites a point-collar shirt with an elegantly pleated skirt. Genuine mother-of-pearl buttons and a self-belt styled with a utility-inspired buckle elevate one of Ralph Lauren’s most iconic shirt dress silhouettes”.
Letizia paired the dress with her Magrit cognac leather pumps.
She was carrying a new Carolina Herrera Doma insignia cognac leather bag. Thanks to Nuria for the id.
Letizia was wearing her still unidentified Gold Hoops
And her Karen Hallam ring.
This was Queen Letizia’s last engagement in New York. The Queen will be heading to Madrid after the engagement.