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  • The Who

    Band

    THE WHO have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964; they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane. Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl. Deep into their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews. Today their line-up includes Simon Townshend (Guitar, Mandolin, Backing Vocals), Pino Palladino (Bass), Zak Starkey (Drums), Loren Gold (Keyboards, Backing Vocals), John Corey (Keyboards, Backing Vocals), and Frank Simes (Musical Director, Keyboards, Backing Vocals).

    The Who as a band and its members have been supporting Teen Cancer America since its inception in 2012. Together with friends such as Eddie Vedder, Joan Jett, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh and Rick Nielsen they have performed at or hosted a number of charity shows in aid of Teen Cancer America.

    During their 2015-2016 Who Hits 50! North American tour, The Who raised both funds and awareness for Teen Cancer America. They very generously donated $1 from every ticket sold, played PSA videos to the crowd before the show and had a Teen Cancer America activation booth at every show that allowed volunteers to come in and talk to the fans about the charity and collect donations. Simon Townshend and Loren Gold further supported by coming out to the booth at every show to do a signing for fans, all in aid of Teen Cancer America.

    To date The Who have raised over 4 million dollars for Teen Cancer America and so far, have successfully opened 15 units for teens and young adults going through cancer across the USA.

    “The disease should be a mere comma in the lives of teenagers, not a devastating full stop! It’s a big ambition but together we can get there by working together” – Roger Daltrey

  • Eddie Vedder

    Musician

    Eddie Vedder is a rock musician, activist, and conservationist. As the lead singer and one of the guitarists of the band Pearl Jam, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. He has played with The Who, Pete Townshend, and Roger Daltrey on numerous occasions over the last few decades. These performances included a charity concert benefiting Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall in the United Kingdom. He has generously performed at several concerts benefiting Teen Cancer America, including the “Who Cares About the Next Generation” event in 2016 and “The Who Rocks Rosemont” in 2015. Most recently, he worked to launch the rock opera, Classic Quadrophenia, in the United States in a special viewing in Chicago that benefited Teen Cancer America, the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, and the Chicago Children’s Choir.

  • Robert Plant

    Musician

    One of a generation of British kids, drawn without rhyme or reason, to sounds from a far away world. A world of field holler, despair, Levee camp and chain- gang moans; of Saturday night fish-fry and Juke Joint foot stomp.

    A million miles lay between the brooding pulse of Mississippi Delta life and the sanitized shelter of the timid English boy, circa 1962.

    And so it is, on and on down the years – Plant draws from a lifetime of adventures, tracking the dark, beautiful resonator, Plant follows his heart and lifts his voice higher and joyous ever away  – and beyond –

    A voice of experience and learning from the sounds of South side Chicago Electric Blues; of Griot mantras from West Africa; from Louisiana Dance Halls; Greenwich Village Folk hangover; Haight Ashbury indulgences; Moroccan medina breakbeat; the early English radical techno materials, Texas two-step and Bristol Dubstep.

    Before his recent projects in Nashville with Alison Krauss and Band of Joy, Plant worked alongside the very interesting force, “Strange Sensation”, recording the critically acclaimed, multi-Grammy nominated albums – “Dreamland” and “Mighty Rearranger”. From this platform, Sensational Space Shifters has developed. With his confederates and conspirators digging deeper with the challenging collections “Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar” and recently “Carry Fire”, more and more intense they twist and turn together, bringing the past into a brilliant technicolor present.

    “I’m inspired by the fact the facilities allows young people to deal with their medical conditions in an optimistic, thoughtful environment, often separate from the general hospital scenario.” -Robert Plant

     

  • Wyatt Oleff

    Actor

    Wyatt Oleff is one of young Hollywood’s rising stars at age 14 with two movie franchises on his resume. Wyatt is a member of the Marvel family as ‘Young Peter Quill’ (the young version of Chris Pratt’s beloved Marvel personality Star-Lord) appearing in both blockbuster films “Guardians Of The Galaxy” and “Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2”. In the fall of 2017, Wyatt was a part of the box office record breaking “IT” phenomenon with his biggest role yet as ‘Stanley Uris’ in the adaptation of one of Stephen King’s most popular novels. Oleff brilliantly embodies the essence of Stanley, the thoughtful, play-by-the-rules member of the famed “Losers’ Club,” including all of his, now real life, best friends.

    Wyatt knew he wanted to be on film from a very young age. After his family moved from Chicago to California when he was seven, his parents finally allowed him to try acting, and since then he has experienced great success. When he’s not working, he enjoys making his own short films and skits. He finds inspiration from many genres and a wide range of actors and filmmakers such as Richard Dreyfuss, James Cameron, Eddie Redmayne, Alex Hirsch, and Seth Green. He also enjoys playing the piano, gaming, drawing, and writing.

    Wyatt is honored to be working with Teen Cancer America. This is the right fit for Wyatt because as a teen he understands that it’s really difficult to find your place. Not yet able to fit into the adult world but not belonging in the kid world anymore. For teens and young adults with cancer it’s even more difficult. Wyatt truly believes in the TCA mission to raise awareness and funds to help hospitals build teen focused facilities because having age targeted care is crucial for their medical treatment and psychosocial development.

    Check out www.teens4teens.com to learn more about Wyatt’s work for TCA.

  • Harry Hudson

    Musician

    Harry Hudson is a musician, singer, and songwriter who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 20.  Following his treatment and recovery, he’s an active advocate and supporter of Teen Cancer America, along with his great friend, Kylie Jenner.

    He donated a portion from two of his ‘sold out’ concerts to benefit TCA.  Also in early 2018, Harry released his debut album, “Yesterday’s Tomorrow Night.”

    Harry also made the short film, “Can Cowboys Cry,” with his partners MSFTS art collective, Jaden Smith and director Directed x MODELS.  He’s listed as one of Pandora’s “Artists to Watch 2018” and Live Nation’s “Ones to Watch.”

  • Nolan Smith

    Basketball Player

    Nolan Smith is an incredibly charismatic former professional basketball player for NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. He is currently the special assistant coach for the Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team. Nolan helped lead the Duke Blue Devils to win a National Championship in 2011 and returned the following season to lead the team to the Sweet Sixteen. Nolan is incredibly dedicated to Teen Cancer America, most evidently in his organization of the Hoop-A-Thon benefitting TCA – Website

  • Wolk Morais

    Fashion Designers

    Brian Wolk and Claude Morais are both extremely proud to represent Teen Cancer America and our commitment to providing hope and support to young people battling cancer. As part of their fashion shows, they often highlight Teen Cancer America as the supporting charity and invite several young cancer survivors to their fashion shows.

    Claude Morais, also experienced cancer during his teenage years. The partnership with Brian Wolk and Claude Morais transcends above and beyond a business relationship. Their love and support of LA and Teen Cancer America has been showcased in their 2017 fashion event featuring #Collection5 to which they designed a pin design which the models wore on the catwalk.

    Wolk Morais is currently featured as a “shop-in-shop” at Fred Segal on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA, now featuring the brand’s Collection 6, which was worn by Jessica Chastain during the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

  • Brice Johnson

    NBA Player

    Brice Johnson is a professional basketball player. He first rose to prominence while starring for the North Carolina Tar Heels. His All-American play led him to being selected in the first round of the 2016 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Brice couldn’t be more excited to make an impact with Teen Cancer America in honor of his late mother, who lost her battle to cancer. She inspires him everyday to help in any way he can.
  • Joan Jett

    Musician

    Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles. Joan Jett has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging expectations, as a spokesperson for PETA and a devoted supporter of the US Military. She has also supported Teen Cancer America through events such as joint concerts with The Who.

  • Chris Chelios

    NHL Player

    Chris Chelios is an American retired professional ice hockey defenseman. He was one of the longest tenured players in the National Hockey League, and is a three-time Stanley Cup champion – one with the Montreal Canadiens and two with the Detroit Red Wings. In 2017, at a special NHL 100 Gala ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los AngelesChelios was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history. Native to Chicago, Chris is an Ambassador for the Chicago Blackhawks and has worked with his friend Eddie Vedder to host events and raise funds for Teen Cancer.  

  • Abdul Q. (DJ Damage)

    DJ/Radio Personality/TV Host

    The world has come to know Abdul Q. as the renowned DJ Damage. Making his name synonymous to quality, talent, and success.  With a background in radio and television, Abdul’s number one passion is inspiring the youth to chase their dreams. Abdul is the Co-Founder/President of the non-profit organization, Follow The Dream, that is dedicated to mentoring and developing the talent and artistic expression of teens and young adults that are ready to make an impact in the music entertainment industry.
    Abdul, along with Follow The Dream, is honored to partner with Teen Cancer America, in bringing music experiences to the amazing teens and young adults, with support in expressing their love for music during their courageous journeys.
  • Neetu Chandra

    Actor

    Neetu Chandra was born in a middle-class joint family and comes from a small town in Bihar (India) where girls don’t dream of becoming actresses. A multi-faceted personality brimming with talent, Neetu is a Bollywood/Hollywood (actress/thespian) that has been an ambassador for cancer patients and aids associations in India for over eight years. She is also a talented individual who has a 4th-dan black belt in Taekwondo (who has represented India on the international stage), a NBA promoter in India for the past six years, and a Indian classical dancer. She has acted in more than 27 movies in India and has been a part of three nationally awarded films.

    Not only does Neetu have a production house with her brother, Nitin chandra, (Champaran Talkies Productions ) they’re working toward securing the dying languages of her roots by producing more movies in her native languages. Her brother Nitin is also a Nationally awarded writer/director.

    Neetu considers the whole world as a family. She believes if she can achieve a goal, then anyone in the world can. She wants to be an icon for all kids who don’t come from any affluent background, but merely with their hard work, dedication, and focus can do anything they want!

  • Victoria Summer

    Singer, Actor, Model

    Five years after arriving in Los Angeles with nothing but a suitcase and a dream, elegant British beauty Victoria Summer has found success as an actress, singer, model – and role model.

    She has appeared in a string of films including Oscar nominee Saving Mr. Banks, blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction and wartime spy thriller Game of Aces.

    Whenever she’s not in front of the camera or performing music, Victoria can usually be found doing charity work including finding forever homes for rescue animals – including her own pets, cats Missy and Elton and her dog Bentley – and representing Teen Cancer America.

  • Scott Dixon

    Race Car Driver

    Scott Dixon is an accomplished motor racing driver and four time IndyCar Champion from New Zealand. Scott is especially drawn to organizations supporting teens that have cancer because he feels that they are often overlooked as a group. Scott Dixon is a committed and valued supporter of Teen Cancer America and has hosted Meet and Greets for AYA (adolescents and young adults) patients annually at the Long Beach Grand Prix.

  • Don McLean

    Musician

    A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. In 2004, McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by country superstar Garth Brooks. “American Pie” has brought great happiness and hope to millions of people through the years and continues to be honored for its success. In 2000, the song was named one of the Top 5 Songs of the 20th Century by the RIAA and in 2002 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 2017 brought a huge honor when the iconic song was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, joining less than 500 works including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” classical music compositions, infamous live broadcasts and similar recordings.

    I am happy to be involved as an ambassador for Teen Cancer America. It is my hope and prayers that no parent reading this ever has to face the horror of a child with cancer. I am happy to be involved with a charity which helps those who find themselves in this awful situation.”


    –Don McLean

  • Matt Barnes

    NBA Player

    Matt Barnes is a professional basketball player who currently plays small forward for the Golden State Warriors. Off the court, Barnes devotes a great deal of time to philanthropic endeavors with his foundation, Athletes vs. Cancer, in honor of his mother, Ann Catherine Barnes, who passed away in 2007. Through Athletes vs. Cancer’s annual charity sporting events, fundraisers, and generous contributions, AVC has generated funds for the growth of Teen Cancer America.

  • Daniel Berger

    Pro Golfer

    Daniel Berger is a professional golfer on the PGA TOUR. One of the sport’s most exciting young stars, Daniel was named 2015 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year. He is extremely proud to represent Teen Cancer America and its commitment to providing hope and support to young people battling cancer. As part of his association, he displays the Teen Cancer America logo on his golf bag while competing in golf tournaments around the world.

  • Amanda Steele

    Social Influencer

    Amanda Steele is a young video blogger, actress, and model with over 6.5M+ followers across all of her social platforms. Amanda Steele is best known as a YouTube personality who rose to prominence for her beauty and fashion expertise and the increasingly popular YouTube channel MakeupbyMandy24 with more than 2.8 million subscribers. Amanda “feel[s] privileged to have been invited to be an Ambassador for this charity and to represent young people with cancer”.

  • Sadie Frost

    Actor

    Sadie was foremost an actress, performing extensively on stage and screen. She achieved success at an early age, attending the prestigious Italia Conti school and appearing in the play ‘Mumbo Jumbo’, directed by Nicholas Hytner, at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester at nineteen.  Her first film role came in the form of character ‘Rebecca’ in the film ‘Dark Obsession’ (originally titled ‘Diamond Skulls’), working opposite Gabriel Byrne and Amanda Donohue. Since then Sadie has featured in over twenty films, including working with Francis Ford Coppola as leading role ‘Lucy Westenra’ in the well-known ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ alongside the formidable Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins. She starred in one-woman West End play ‘Touched…For The Very First Time’, directed by Douglas Rintoul and produced by Imogen Lloyd Webber, and in 2010, acted in play ‘Fool For Love’ at the Riverside Studios opposite The Libertine’s Carl Barat. She has also recently taken on the role of Gypsy Rose Lee in the West End’s ‘Britten in Brooklyn’.

    In the mid-nineties, Sadie’s interest in production grew and she helped form the production company Natural Nylon with Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Sean Pertwee, Jonny Lee Miller and Bradley Adams. The company produced the science fiction/horror feature ‘eXistenZ’ in 1999, which was followed by films ‘Nora XX/XY’, ‘Owning Mahowny’ and ‘To Kill a King’.

    Sadie has been behind a number of features and short films; she produced the short film ‘Come What May’ with Rhys Ifans and the fashion film ‘Enchantment’ with supermodel Helena Christensen and Liberty Ross. She also co-produced ‘Love, Honour and Obey’ starring Jude Law and Ray Winstone, and ‘Sky Captain’ starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, which went on to make $58 million at the box office.

    Continuing her desire to work in film, Sadie formed Blonde to Black Pictures with her friends Emma Comley and Andrew Green in 2011. With an ethos to nurture and develop new talent, mixing a formula of art-house with more mainstream commercial successes and exposure, they completed their first feature ‘Buttercup Bill’ in 2013. ‘Set the Thames on Fire’; which was a feature and stars Noel Fielding, Lily Loveless and Sadie. Sadie also ex-produced the documentary ‘Black on Canvas’. Blonde to Black Pictures are in pre-production with their new feature film ‘Two for Joy’ Samantha Morton and Billie Piper attached.

    Showing a natural affinity and flair for fashion, in 1999 Sadie co-founded the fashion label ‘FrostFrench’ with Jemima French. The label began in lingerie and then expanded into clothing collections. Matching contemporary innovative design with striking attention to detail, FrostFrench made a substantial impact in the UK and created worldwide interest in major markets such as the US and Japan. Describing their designs as ‘classical with a twist of pop’, Sadie and Jemima were awarded ‘Designers of the Year’ by Elle Magazine in 2004. They continue to design for the company’s sister brands ‘Floozie’ and ‘Iris and Edie’.

    Sadie has written articles for publications including Harpers Bazar, Stella Magazine, Sunday Times and Balance. Sadie is also passionate about supporting various charities.

    Sadie released a book, entitled ‘Nourish’, written with her sister Holly Davidson, and friend Amber Rose in September 2015.  With Sadie’s beauty recipes to soothe the skin and yoga and meditation routines to still the mind, chef Amber’s delicious food to nourish the body, and fitness instructor Holly’s exercises to strengthen it, ‘Nourish’ acts as the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life.

  • Cody Simpson

    Musician

    Cody Simpson is an acclaimed Australian pop singer, actor and young philanthropist discovered on Youtube in 2009. Simpson urged fans to donate one dollar with each ticket purchased for his Paradise tour in support of Teen Cancer America. Cody was brought on as an ambassador to better relate with those who TCA is aiming to help. Finding that “cancer does not discriminate and it can affect people of all ages” Cody “wants to do [his] best to show [his] support to fellow teens in their battle.”

  • The Band Perry

    Band

    Grammy® Award-winning family trio The Band Perry has both achieved massive mainstream success and gained major critical acclaim since delivering their platinum self-titled debut. They have earned multiple awards for their contemporary country hits. As their father is a doctor, they are very passionate and knowledgeable on the topic of cancer. In support of the issue, the siblings participated and won $25,000 on an episode of Celebrity Family Feud on behalf of Teen Cancer America.

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    Rebecca Rothstein

    Board Chairman/Executive Committee Chair

    Rebecca Rothstein is a Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor at Merrill Lynch Private Bank & Investment Group. Rebecca and Ron, her husband of many years, have four sons and live in Beverly Hills, CA. Rebecca became involved with Teen Cancer through her friendship with musician Roger Daltrey: “It’s always been Roger’s dream to bring the teen cancer cause to America, and I’m honored to help him achieve that vision.”

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    Robert Rosenberg

    Executive Committee/Finance & Audit Committee

    After an early career in the William Morris office in London working in business affairs, meeting and working with many of the movie and rock stars of the mid to late 70’s, he went back to music, his first love and signed a songwriting deal and had songs recorded by various artists, at the same time he worked closely with Jeff Wayne writer and producer of the multi million selling musical version of HG Wells’ The War Of The Worlds and various other music companies consulting on business affairs and music publishing, including Trinifold Management. In 1983 he became a Director of Trinifold and later Managing Director. Over the past 30 years he has worked closely with CEO Bill Curbishley on all the company’s artists and now co manages The Who and looks after several other artists on the roster. He has also worked extensively on The Who and Led Zeppelin catalogues exec producing several documentaries and live concerts. He became involved with Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK in 2000 when The Who performed with special guests at the Royal Albert Hall and has worked with the charity as a patron ever since.He hopes to help Roger Daltrey and the Board establish the charity as a major force for good in the USA.

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    Howard Jaffe

    Board Treasurer/Executive & Finance Committee

    Howard Jaffe is an attorney and serves on the boards of nonprofit companies. A long time passionate fan of The Who, he approached Roger Daltrey about founding a charity in America similar to the ideas and success of the Teenage Cancer Trust in the United Kingdom. Howard became part of the team that organized and launched Teen Cancer America and hopes to expand the charity to cover the entire United States so every teen battling cancer has a place in a hospital to simply be a teen.

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    Dr. Glenn Taylor

    Executive Committee/Hospital Programs & Services Committee

    Dr. Glenn G. Taylor is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a founding member of Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Spine Specialists of Waterbury, Ct., one of Ct.’s most highly regarded specialty practices. Dr. Taylor is a former Chief of Staff at Waterbury Hospital, ranked as one of Connecticut’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. Educated and trained in England at King’s College, London and St. George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London and at Yale New Haven Hospital and Newington Children’s Hospital in Connecticut, Dr. Taylor is experienced in both British and American hospital and health care systems. This special expertise facilitates dialogue and liaison between physicians and hospitals wanting to develop teen and young adult cancer centers here in the U.S. and established programs in the U.K.. Glenn and his wife, Maria, are committed and honored to work with Roger and Teen Cancer America in this wonderful cause.

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    Jeff Ward

    Finance & Audit Committee Chair

    Jeff Ward is Chief Strategy Officer for First Citizens Bank, the official sponsor of Teen Cancer America in the Southeastern US. Jeff and his colleagues throughout the bank are excited to introduce TCA – First Citizens’ most comprehensive philanthropic effort ever – to people across our markets. The bank’s goal is to spread the word about TCA’s mission and help fundraise and sponsor new medical centers coming on board, primarily in the Carolinas.

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    Zach Cohen

    Development Committee

    Zachary Cohen is a recent graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Business where he received his degree in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises. He is deeply involved in managing his family’s Transportation and Logistics Company, New England Motor Freight, which operates inmore than 30 offices in 15 states throughout the Eastern U.S. In spite of his young age, Zach has been active in many philanthropic causes. His membership on the Syracuse University Student Philanthropy council helped support the creation of the University’s Scholarship in Action program, whose goal is to transform the lives of both current and future SU students. In addition, he has worked to support special education groups such as Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, by working with administration and
    student body of the CPNJ Horizon High School, which caters to the needs of those challenged by the disease. It’s his concern for others and his desire to support causes that impact children and young adults that brings him to Teen Cancer America.

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    Deborah Montaperto

    Development Committee

    Deborah Montaperto began her career on Wall Street in 1986 and joined Polk Wealth Management in 2008. Prior to joining the team, Deborah was a Managing Director in Citigroup’s Investment Banking division, where she was responsible for fostering important client relationships among Institutional Clients Group and Global Wealth Management, focusing on the delivery of investment banking transactional services to existing clients.
    Deborah is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and holds several securities licenses including the Series 7, 63, 65, 31, 3 (Commodities and Futures) and 24 (Supervisory Principal).

    She has been recognized from 2010-2014 by Barron’s as one of the Top 100 Women Financial Advisors and by Registered Rep.’s Top 50 Wirehouse Women in 2011. Deborah currently serves on the Morgan Stanley PWM Advisory Council. She graduated with a B.A. cum laude from Tufts University and earned an M.A. degree from the Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy.

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    Maria Taylor

    Board Secretary/Development Committee

    Maria Taylor is a native of Connecticut and a 26-year veteran of the luxury real estate market in Connecticut’s tiny Northwest Corner. She consistently ranks in the top 3% of the brokers in her firm. Additionally, she has earned the respect of her peers and the community at large through her expertise in the restoration and renovation of neglected vintage properties. Maria also selflessly dedicates her time to an outstanding roster of charitable efforts, including service as a veteran board member on the Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation in Waterbury, as an active committee member of the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, and as a past board member of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. Maria brings a facility and an energy for raising the awareness and the resources to make this initiative a resounding success in the USA.

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    Char Fowler

    Development Committee/Hospital Programs & Services Committee Chair

    Char is a community activist, serving on boards involving the arts and medical causes— especially Angie’s AYA CANCER INSTITUTE in Cleveland.

     

    She and her husband, Chuck, enjoy spending time with their daughters and families – love traveling and biking as a group.

     

    Having lost their daughter Angie to melanoma at age 15, has driven Char to help drive attention to this age group’s special battles with cancer.
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    Darren Strowger

    Development Committee Chair

    Darren Strowger is the co-founder of the Cloud service company, Excell. By joining IT service and software, Excell provides a number of tech services, including audio visual services, business centers, could and data capabilities, network connectivity, security and more. Darren was a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust for fifteen years, and has lent great contributions to Teen Cancer America.

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    Jordan Kaplan

    Development Committee

    Mr. Kaplan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Douglas Emmett, Inc. (DEI), an office and residential REIT listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of DEI. He co-founded Douglas Emmett Realty Advisors in 1991, which grew during the 1990’s into a large manager of institutional real estate funds and is the predecessor to DEI. Douglas Emmett went public in 2006 in what was then the largest REIT IPO in history. Currently, the Company has approximately 600 employees.

    Mr. Kaplan is on various boards at UCLA, including the UCLA Board of trustees. He is a dedicated environmentalist and is on the board of the Los Angeles Waterkeeper, an environmental organization devoted to cleaning the Santa Monica Bay. He is also on the board of Teen Cancer America, a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Kaplan received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara, and his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA in 1986. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California with his wife and their three children.

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    Bill Curbishley

    Development Committee/Hospitals Programs & Services Committee

    A highly successful music and film producer and band manager, Bill Curbishley is best known for managing the Who. He founded Trinifold Management in 1974 to handle The Who and later expanded to include other major acts including Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Bill was heavily involved in the stage show of “Tommy,” which went on to garner five Tony awards on Broadway. His further involvement with the Who led to his producing the movies “Quadrophenia” and “McVicar.” Bill also produced the film, “The Railway Man,” based upon an Eric Lomax story about his capture and torture by the Japanese on the Burma-Siam railway during World War II. Bill’s involvement with teen cancer comes about through his long-time friendship with Roger Daltrey.

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    Dr. Gerald Grant

    Development Committee/Hospitals Programs & Services Committee

    Dr. Gerald Grant is a board certified pediatric neurosurgeon and Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He specializes in the surgical management of pediatric brain tumors and is Division Chief of Pediatric neurosurgery and Acting Associate Professor at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford. He is also an Air Force veteran with extensive neurosurgical experience abroad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Grant had the opportunity of training for a year in neurosurgery at Atkinson Morley’s Neurosurgery/Neurology Hospital in London and therefore is very familiar with the noble mission of the Teenage Cancer Trust. He is passionate about advocating for the teenagers with cancer with the primary goal of improving their survival and quality of life on a daily basis. After personally touring Teenage Cancer Trust units in London Dr. Grant was impressed with the impact of these units had on the teenagers and young adults afflicted with cancer as well as the passion of Roger Daltrey and his team in this effort. Dr. Grant is honored to work with such a dedicated team to leverage all the great things that Teenage Cancer Trust has done for teenagers and young adults with cancer in the UK to help build Teenage Cancer America.

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    Becky Mancuso-Winding

    Development Committee

    As UCLA Health Senior Director of Development, Becky Mancuso-Winding oversees a number of priority patient programs that attract national media attention, which include UCLA Operation Mend, Daltrey-Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program at UCLA, UCLA Alzheimer’s Dementia Care Program, and UCLA People-Animal Program (PAC).

    With a strong conviction to do something more personally fulfilling in her career, Becky transitioned from the entertainment industry to healthcare in 2009, making the connection to UCLA Health through her twelve years of serving on the Board of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, where she was very involved in a number of pediatric healthcare initiatives and was instrumental in starting the ongoing annual fundraiser, Mattel Party on the Pier. Throughout her career, Becky has held numerous executive positions in the film and music industry, but is best known for her pioneering work as one of the industry’s first credited feature film music supervisors, having crafted award winning soundtracks for over forty music oriented films, including Urban Cowboy and Footloose. She was a producer on a number of award winning television specials that included Sesame Street’s Elmopalooza for ABC, The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Sesame Street for ABC, Elmo Saves Christmas for PBS and Cinderella featuring Dorothy Hamill and the Ice Capades for ABC.

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    Rick French

    Development Committee/ Advisory Council Chair

    Rick French is chairman & chief executive officer of French/West/Vaughan (FWV), one of the nation’s largest independently-owned public relations, public affairs, advertising and digital media agencies. He is 2017 inductee of the North Carolina Media & Journalism Hall of Fame; has twice been named PR Agency Professional of Year; and is listed among the 300 “Most Influential Communicators in the World,” by PR Week.  But that’s only part of Rick’s resume: he is also a noted film financier and producer who serves as Managing Partner of Prix Productions; he co-owns the Daytona Tortugas, the Advanced A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds; and holds board seats and private equity investments in a half-dozen other media, sports and entertainment ventures. He is a national trustee of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland, Ohio and the London-based Buddy Holly Educational Foundation.

Advisory Council

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    Andy Saperstein

    Andy Saperstein is Managing Director and Co-Head of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. He serves on the Morgan Stanley Operating Committee and as a Trustee of the Morgan Stanley Foundation, the firm’s charitable arm. Mr. Saperstein previously served as Co-COO of the Institutional Securities Group, working across the ISG businesses and coordinating initiatives with Wealth Management.

    Prior to this role he held a succession of senior leadership positions in Wealth Management. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 as COO of National Sales, and became Head of Wealth Management, including U.S. Private Wealth Management, following the initial acquisition of Smith Barney in 2009. He subsequently served as Head of Investment Products and Services. Earlier in his career, Mr. Saperstein held numerous leadership roles at Merrill Lynch, including COO of the Direct Division, and was a partner in the Financial Institutions Group of McKinsey & Co. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and summa cum laude from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a dual degree in economics and finance.

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    Jamie Siegel

    Jaime Siegel is CEO of technology start-up FlipTix, which is innovating and disrupting the ticketing and event industries.  He spent most of his career as a patent litigator, spending 16 of 25 years at Sony. Jaime is also a seasoned leader of teams that have generated billions of dollars in revenue globally, as well as being a member of the executive leadership team of a NASDAQ listed company. Currently, Jamie is a National Trustee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland and resides in Newport Coast, California.

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    Alisa Swidler

    Alisa Swidler was raised in NYC and spent the past 17 years living in London, England. Currently, she is back in NYC with her five children. Her background is in the arts, having served on various boards in London. Alisa continues to work as a Trustee on Charlize Theron’s Africa Outreach Project and has been roped into working on various 2020 presidential initiatives.

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    Peter Bradley Jr

    Peter Bradley Jr. is a retail professional, prestigious watch and fine jewelry expert, and music historian.

    Originally from the North East of England, Peter grew up with entrepreneurial parents who grew a successful jewelry business from a small second hand store.

    Peter moved to London in his teens and signed a record deal at the age of 16. At the age of 28, he took a break from the music industry and joined the family business. He hasn’t looked back since.

    “I love what we do, and I’m passionate about giving great service to our loyal customers that my family have built up over 50 years.”

    When Peter isn’t working, he enjoys visiting the Yorkshire countryside with his wife Claire and dog Bertie, sailing and driving his classic car.

    In 2012, Peter was appointed to the Board of the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by his father Peter Bradley Sr. and Maria Elena Holly to promote the legacy of Buddy Holly and inspire and sponsor young talent in the music industry.

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    Dan Wise

    Dan is an entrepreneur who has founded several companies focused on the sales & marketing of consumer products over the last 25 years. In 1998, he built the world’s first b2b marketplace for brand name excess inventory, LiquidXS.com. Dan returned to Montreal in 2007 to start CroJack Capital. The group buys and sells overstock product inventories and makes small investments in early stage companies. RealEats has become his full-time passion, focus and platform for inciting change through life’s most important ingredient… food.

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    Chris Stewart

    Before enjoying a career in music, Chris Stewart was CEO of Gelber Group, a financial futures and trading firm at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). He served on the board of directors for the CBOT board on the Chicago Mercantile Board from 2006-2014. 

    Currently, Mr. Stewart serves on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Board (2006- present), where he works on the Development and Induction committees. He has served as a board member for the Country Music Hall of Fame (2016-present), where he works on the Development committee. 

    Mr. Stewart played percussion with the Dave Mason Band from 2006-2012. 

    Mr. Stewart believes strongly in the preservation and in music education. He splits his time between his Nashville and Chicago homes. And enjoys his free time with his wife and three sons. 

Individual Donors

  • Zach Cohen

  • Triple Threat Productions, Inc.

  • Transatlantic Reinsurance Company – Mike Sapnar

  • The Lawrence Foundation

  • Sally Webb

  • Sue D White

  • Robert Rosenberg

  • Results Advertising & Productions Inc.

  • Rebecca Rothstein

  • Maria Taylor

  • Jordan Kaplan

  • Jeff Ward

  • John and Heather Dean

  • Jerome I Nadel

  • Howard Jaffe

  • Duane Hoover

  • Francis Meyer Charitable Lead Unitrust

  • Dr. Harry Alberts, Alex and Lyndsay Alberts

  • Dr. Glen Taylor

  • Dr. Gerald Grant

  • Deborah Montaperto

  • Darren Strowger

  • Chuck and Char Fowler

  • Causemedia Group

  • Btig, LLC

  • Bill Curbishley

  • Becky Mancuso-Winding

  • Based Princess Enterprises

  • Baer Foundation

  • Christopher Guy

  • Howard Schwartz

  • Anne & Michael Recine

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    Simon Davies

    Executive Director

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America? Strategic design and delivery, organizational management, profiling and external relations.
    Hometown: Felixstowe, England
    College: University of Coventry
    Favorite Who song: Behind Blue Eyes
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Marshall Tucker Band, Oasis, Gladys Knight and The Pips
    Favorite Vacation Spot: Alicante, Spain and Los Angeles
    Why Teen Cancer America? Having built up Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK and changed the structure of cancer services for young people over there, I am inspired to achieve the same and more in the USA. Teen Cancer America will deliver!
    One fun fact: I can pronounce this without reading: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a small village in Wales with the longest name in the world.

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    Hilary Gan

    Hospital Programs & Services Director

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America? I work with hospitals across the country interested in developing specialized facilities and programs for the teen and young adult cancer population with the emphasis on young people ages 13-25. As each health care and hospital system is unique, I work to encourage and support the creation of the best model for teen and young adult patient care including space, teams, treatment and research that meet the needs of each individual hospital while providing best patient care for this age group.
    Favorite Who song: Behind Blue Eyes
    Hometown: Born in Tacoma, WA but raised in Los Angeles, CA
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Bon Jovi, Adele, and David Bowie
    Favorite Vacation Spot: Moorea, Tahiti
    Why Teen Cancer America? I have been committed to serving this population for over 20 years. For the majority of my career I worked in a clinical role and saw first hand the challenges that this population faced in the health care system. Teen Cancer America’s mission focuses on very important unmet needs of the teen and young adult cancer population. There is much to be done but it isn’t impossible and Teen Cancer America has the ability to change the trajectory of health care This must change and who better to make that happen than Teen Cancer America.
    One Fun Fact: I am terrible at thinking of fun facts

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    Michelle Elle Aland

    Development and Partnerships Director

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America? Create partnerships to raise funds and awareness for TCA.
    Hometown – Pittsburgh, PA
    College – Stetson University, FL
    Favorite Who song – You Better You Bet, Eminence Front, Magic Bus
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Foo Fighters, Oasis, Beyoncé, JayZ
    Favorite Vacation Spot – My friend’s villa in Spain
    Why Teen Cancer America? I have been involved with this fantastic charity for the past 10 years in the UK and am excited to help TCA expand in America. TCA occupies a unique and necessary space for teens and their families.
    One Fun Fact – Upon being locked in, had to climb down the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh on a ladder track which is 400 feet high.

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    Alexandra Kruis

    Hospital Programs and Grants Manager

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America?I work with hospitals across the country to help develop comprehensive programs and specialized space for the adolescent and young adult cancer population along with the Director of Hospital Programs and Services while maintaining the hospital grants system. In addition, I help the charity to build and formalize programs for this unique population across the USA.
    Hometown – Elkhart, Indiana
    College – Indiana University
    Favorite Who Song – I Can’t Explain
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Mumford and Sons, Chvrches, and Dermot Kennedy
    Favorite Vacation Spot – Portugal
    Why Teen Cancer America?I believe that when a young person is diagnosed with a serious illness in their teens, the effect it can have on the individual as well as their family and friends is enormous and profound. Teen Cancer America is working to educate and train health professionals, patients, and create support systems to maintain a regular lifestyle as near to normality as possible for a young person diagnosed with cancer! In this way the impact of having their worlds turned upside down is not as great because all young people deserve to reach for their dreams and live out their aspirations.
    One Fun Fact – I climbed the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States; Mt. Whitney.

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    Tao Dawkins

    Communications and Social Media Specialist

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America? Responsible for carrying the voice and communications of TCA throughout our digital community.
    Hometown – Born in Tacoma, WA (Raised in Richmond, IN)
    College – Indiana University
    Favorite Who Song – Pinball Wizard
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Michael Jackson, Kendrick Lamar and The Temptations
    Favorite Vacation Spot – Orlando, FL
    Why Teen Cancer America? I can’t imagine a healthcare system where teens and young adults with cancer are considered a ‘unique’ age group. Look around… young people are everywhere! Teen Cancer America brings to attention the teen and young adult cancer population that is often overlooked. We need a change in the healthcare system and I think TCA is the answer.
    One Fun Fact – I’ve driven across the USA. Once I was finished, I calculated that it was 99 hrs of drive time!

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    Laura Freels

    Donor Cultivation Specialist 

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America? – I support fundraising efforts by corresponding with our donors and managing our database. I also provide administrative assistance to our lovely team.
    Hometown – Atlanta, Georgia
    College – Georgia State University
    Favorite Who Song – Won’t Get Fooled Again
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? – The Allman Brothers, Townes Van Zandt, and Joni Mitchell. And I could listen to Motown all day.
    Favorite Vacation Spot – Provence
    Why Teen Cancer America? – A network that provides tailored care for young people fighting cancer is absolutely crucial to improving treatment outcomes. It takes a village to beat cancer and I’m grateful to share in this worthwhile endeavor.
    One Fun Fact – I’m planning a trip to go diving with great whites.

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    Alec Kupelian

    Administrative Assistant - Bookkeeper

    Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
    College: University of California, Santa Barbara
    Favorite Who Song: My Generation
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who, what three artists would you listen to?: T-pain, Akon, Thomas Rhett
    Favorite Vacation Spot: Provence, France
    Why Teen Cancer America?
    When I was 19 years old, I was diagnosed with a 19 cm. long tumor in my left pelvis. Getting diagnosed with cancer changed my life from a normal college freshman to eleven months of in-patient chemotherapy every other week. However, I don’t view my year of treatment as a bad thing! I was treated in UCLA’s Teen and Young Adult (TYA) floor which was sponsored by Teen Cancer America and The Who. It wasn’t until I was partway through my treatment that I realized that most adolescents and young adults do not get the kind of hospital support that made what could have been a nightmare year into one with so many positives. I’m not saying that that year was easy, but because of Teen Cancer America’s support my time in treatment was much more manageable. I want to make my experience a reality for adolescents and young adults across the country.
    One fun fact: I am a big knitter and love to knit little plush animals that I give to my friends as gifts.

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    Michelle Meyer

    Events and Partnership Manager

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America? – I work with our Fundraising Director and team to help produce events that raise funds and bring awareness to Teen Cancer America.
    Hometown – Loomis, California
    College – Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
    Favorite Who Song – My Generation
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? – Justin Timberlake, Jack Johnson, Mariah Carey
    Favorite Vacation Spot – Italy
    Why Teen Cancer America? – There are unmet crucial needs in our healthcare system for teens and young adults with cancer and Teen Cancer America is the force working to change and improve this. I want to be part of the change that will help the outcomes and experience for teens and young adults facing cancer.
    One Fun Fact – My dog has an Instagram account