The appointment was for two o’clock. I remember getting there early to set up the lights and camera, and it was rather impressive that everyone was already there. It is common knowledge that Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on the Upper East Side is on the cutting edge of cancer research, education, and treatment—the foremost institution in the country—and that the women’s committee is a no-nonsense group dedicated to raising the funds to keep it that way.
They may be ladies who can lunch, but when I photographed these women in 1974, they were serious and dedicated. Their goal was to raise awareness and help in the fight to conquer cancer. Today their goal remains the same—to remain on the forefront of that battle. And these ladies and those who have followed to share in the credit for keeping Memorial Sloan-Kettering, simply put, the best.