By: Jennifer Williams
Who cares? Rock & Roll legends Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend do. They care so much that today they announced they are “paying it forward” with the launch of their new charity ‘Teen Cancer America.'
Teen Cancer America's mission is to improve the quality of life for teens and young adults with cancer by partnering with hospitals to create facilities, develop support programs, and raise awareness during treatment and beyond.
With the continuing support of Roger and Pete, Teen Cancer America is building on over 22 years’ experience from the renowned UK charity, Teenage Cancer Trust and is committed to addressing the gaps in the teen and young adult cancer experience.
Daltrey, who is also a longstanding patron of Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK, said: "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 UK 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." He added “These facilities for teenagers should be a right, not a privilege."
Fundraising starts now with The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia and More’ National Tour, which kicked off on Nov. 1, by donating $1 from every ticket sold on the tour coupled with British Airways supporting a 'Text to Donate' sweepstakes program at each of the concerts.
For information and to find out how you can get involved, visit www.teencanceramerica.org.