Roger Daltrey And Pete Townsend Launch Teen Cancer America Charity
Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have announced the launch of a new charity called Teen Cancer America, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for teens and young adults with cancer. The organization will partner with hospitals to create facilities, develop support programs, and raise awareness during and after treatment. The new fund is a direct outgrowth of the work that the duo has been doing for 22 years with the U.K.-based Teenage Cancer Trust.
Daltrey said in a statement, "I am incredibly proud to be launching the Teen Cancer America initiative. I have seen firsthand how Teenage Cancer Trust has set the gold standard for care in the U.K. and I am excited to help start a movement that demands the same level of care for teens and young adults in America. Over the years I have met many young people with cancer and have been inspired by their unfaltering spirit, optimism and lust for life. I believe that we should do all we can to ensure that they can still be young people first and cancer patients second."
Daltrey added, "These facilities for teenagers should be a right, not a privilege."
The Who is donating $1 from each ticket sold on its current Quadrophenia And More tour to the fund. while British Airways is supporting a "Text To Donate" sweepstakes at every stop on the trek.
The Who's tour, which features the band playing the entire Quadrophenia album from front to back along with other fan favorites, hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Wednesday (November 14th).