The Who’s ongoing support for teenagers suffering with cancer is well documented. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have helped Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK raise more than £15m ($24m) through the annual concert series at the Royal Albert Hall in London. And they have recently put their name and energy behind founding and supporting a new charity – Teen Cancer America (TCA). Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK are consultants to the new charity, giving the benefit of their 21 years of experience.
One dollar from every ticket sold for The Who’s North American tour is being donated to TCA.
“Without teenagers, we wouldn’t have had our career,” says Who singer Roger Daltrey, “so helping teenagers unfortunate enough to suffer from cancer to be treated in hospital environments dedicated to their needs is the least we can do. We’re just lighting the fire, though, with our WHO CARES program. We’re English, me and Pete, so we can only do this at arms’ length. What really needs to happen is for U.S. artists to get behind Teen Cancer America and do their bit, get their fans to ‘like’ the Teen Cancer America pages on FACEBOOK, get tweeting on TWITTER, create their own fundraising initiatives.
Here’s a picture and a letter that’s just come in from a grateful father, whose daughter enjoyed a wonderful experience at The Who’s gig at the Staples Center in Los Angeles:
Rachael Greenstone, age 18 woke up one day feeling very ill. Turns out she was dealt small cell cancer of the ovary. A very rare and aggressive cancer that can be as scary and ominous as one can imagine. Surgery, chemo, radiation and numerous travails along the way, Rachael has emerged from the darkness with hope, spirit and passion for living. Yesterday, in meeting Roger we all reaffirmed the goodness that comes from people who care (and who just also happen to be amazing musicians!!!). Watching the faces of my son and daughter during sound check brought tears to my eyes. This meeting was able to occur because you extended yourself to make something happen. I am not sure if there is any proper way to thank you but rest assured you gave three folks from Los Angeles a memory that will last a lifetime. Thank you from the bottom our hearts. The only way we could ever repay Roger for his kindness and friendship is to spread the word of the Teen Cancer America Centers and do what we can to forward their vital proposition.
The Who are ending their tour of North America with a benefit concert at The Theatre Madison Square Garden on February 28 for Teen Cancer America. Funds raised will go towards building a teen and young adult cancer unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Extra funds will go towards building a unit in Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and other TCA-affiliated hospitals.
Elvis Costello and The Imposters are also generously performing for the charity.
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