Crown Princess Mary paid a visit to Cancer Work on Tuesday, 6 December at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen.
Cancer Work (Danish: Kræftværket) is described on Rigshospitalet’s website as a “sanctuary for young people” battling cancer and is open for young people between the ages of 15 and 29 years old while they receive treatment at Rigshospitalet. There, they can play games or exercise, play video games or watch Netflix.
While there, Crown Princess Mary met with some of the young people who take advantage of Cancer Work’s activities. She also met with Maiken Hjerming, Cancer Works’ Youth Coordinator. Hjerming was award the Cancer Society Merit Award in February, which was presented by the Crown Princess.
Following her visit, the Cancer Work’s Facebook page shared photos from the Danish Royal Family’s Facebook page and captioned them: “Thank you for the beautiful visit. We had a great night.”
Cancer Work was founded in 2015 and is a combined effort of the Finsen Centre, the Juliane Marie Centre, and the Youth Medicine department at Rigshospitalet.
“At Cancer Work, you can come anytime you want, you can meet other young people with cancer, hang out with your friends or have a chat with young ambassadors or volunteers from Young Cancer or Red Cross Youth,” reads the statement on the Cancer Work’s official page.
Cancer Work uses youth ambassadors – a group of nurses in the hospital – to develop programs for the young people who use their services and regularly meets with the youth as well to hear feedback on the program.
Crown Princess Mary is heavily involved with cancer research and is Patron of the Danish Cancer Society. She is also the namesake of the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre in Westmead, New South Wales, Australia, which was renamed in her honour after she visited the ward.