The Who's Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend are launching Teen Cancer America, a charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for teens and young adults with cancer. Teen Cancer America is the U.S. affiliate of Teenage Cancer Trust, which is based in the U.K. and has featured Daltry as a spokesperson for some time.
At a National Press Club luncheon on November 12 in Washington, DC, Daltry explained the charity's mission:
"What we're trying to do here is make you aware of the situation. You should build a community within your hospital at the point of diagnosis for teenagers with cancer, so that instead of them being isolated they are . . . with other teenagers who have been through the process."
Daltry said that the charity seeks to address the particular needs of teens with cancer.
"Remember the parties you used to have with all your mates?" he asked. "Teenagers with cancer want to do the same thing. They need a little bit of space, in a hospital. Not a great deal - just space."
The Who were also in DC to perform for their current "Quadrophenia and More" tour. The band says it is donating $1 from each ticket sold during the trek to Teen Cancer America.
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