Michelle Obama In London Visits Maggie's Cancer Center
Michelle Obama in London is trying raise awareness about cancer treatment by visiting Maggie's Cancer Caring Centers. The Cancer Centers were honoured to welcome Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America, and Patron of Maggie’s, Sarah Brown to the London centre today for the first year anniversary of the centre, which has already received over 12,000 users since it opened last year.
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres is a unique charity which offers beautifully designed environments for anyone affected by any type of cancer - including family, friends and carers - to get information, practical advice and emotional support.
“Bringing Michelle to the London centre was a great opportunity to demonstrate the role that Maggie’s plays in the community, inspiring wellbeing through their design and providing the emotional support required to live with a critical illness such as cancer. They were originally inspired by American influences in the provision of cancer support which has now taken root all over the UK” said Sarah Brown
Marking one of just a select few activities chosen for Michelle Obama’s first visit in London in her official capacity, she and Sarah Brown were shown around Maggie’s London Centre by Charles Jencks, who co-founded Maggie’s with his wife Maggie Keswick Jencks; Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive; the architect Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and garden and landscape designer Dan Pearson.
Michelle Obama in London met with centre users to discuss the benefits of the centre, joined a make-up session for women with cancer and celebrated the centres first birthday with a cup of tea and slice of cake.
Centre user Namina Turay, who has had treatment for breast cancer, described the first lady as "warm and friendly". She said "it's her first official visit and this is a great honour. It's such a privilege, she's so natural and really easy to talk to. The warmth and patience she showed and the time she took to engage with everyone was greatly appreciated."
Obama, talking about the centre said "this is pretty incredible. This is pretty amazing, it's an oasis - an oasis that's necessary for people who are struggling. The building actualises their journey in so many ways".