Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend Raise Awareness for WHO CARES: TEEN CANCER AMERICA


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“We are proud to present to the world via the National Press Club, C-SPAN, British Airways and our other wonderful sponsors: Teen Cancer America.”
Roger Daltrey gave an informed and impassioned presentation yesterday at a packed National Press Club in Washingotn, D.C. to raise awareness for Who Cares: Teen Cancer America, following his and Pete Townshend’s support and dedication over 20 years to the UK  Teenage Cancer Trust. He and Pete answered questions on the subject for an hour and had a message to his peers in the U.S.:
“All you rich rock stars out there: get off your butts!”



“However,” as Rolling Stone Magazine’s Peter Voskamp commented, “the only other wealthy rocker in the room happened to be Daltrey’s bandmate, Pete Townshend. Daltrey and Townshend joined teen cancer survivors and medical professionals on Monday to kick off Who Cares, and Daltrey was vocal about his cause. The initiative joins with hospitals to create facilities and support programs for cancer patients ages 13 to 24; as Daltrey explained to the audience, the organization began 22 years ago after he learned of a “huge gap in the health system” that offered no clinical recognition to teenage and young-adult cancer patients. All too often, they are recognized and treated insufficiently as either pediatrics or adults. However, as Daltrey noted, teenagers often suffer the most aggressive and rarest forms of cancers and are diagnosed later.


“At the luncheon, Daltrey spoke passionately of Who Cares, which relies solely on charitable donations; he explained from the stage that the trust aims to provide age-appropriate treatment in the right environments. It creates communities within hospitals to offer patients and their families built-in support groups to “unload some of the terror in their hearts.” He emphasized that six teenagers are diagnosed with some form of cancer every day and that Who Cares attempts to share that burden; its first U.S. facility, the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Zone, has treated 16 patients since its establishment in California one year ago. Who Cares is also working with Duke Children’s Hospital at Duke University in North Carolina.”


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 “Teenagers don’t want teddybears. They should not feel like they’re being isolated . . . You should build a community within your hospital at the point of diagnosis.” – Roger Daltrey




3 thoughts on “Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend Raise Awareness for WHO CARES: TEEN CANCER AMERICA”

  1. Laurie Ryan says:

    Listened to the interview on C-Span today. Just want to say thank you so much for your efforts. Forty years ago, as a teenager, I spent several weeks hospitalized, fortunately not for something as serious as cancer.
    At first I was in a children’s ward, then when I transferred to another hospital I was put in the adult ward, I remember feeling uncomfortable in both wards. So when I heard the interview today I could relate and was astonished that this wasn’t done long ago.
    Thank you again.

  2. Gianni says:

    Love reign over me. There is a time to have and a time, another to give, sharing both with love. Thanks a lot from Italy, Gianni

  3. Mike Mellace says:

    Just saw the the in Pittsburgh,Pa on Sunday night 11-11-2012.
    My wife stephanie and I have seen the Who several times in the past at many different locations across the USA.

    This Concert was by far the greatest Movie type Visual Experience of all time and Pete & Roger & the Boys were at an all time High.

    Pete your the greatest since sliced Bread, your still the rough & ready man with the best attack of the guitar I have ever seen, only Jimmy Page or Eric Claypton from the seventies Zeppelin even compairs.

    Thankyou WHO guys for all the Great years of concerts and Best Music and most of all the greatest Tribute to Keith & John, I am sure they love all your greatness & kndness towards them…


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