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Roger Daltrey Champions Teen Cancer America to Create Specialized Treatment Facilities

Roger Daltrey, looking fit and energized at 72, recently flew from Toronto to a Raleigh, N.C. fundraiser, North Carolina Cares, to mingle, take photos and speak to a room of local leaders about Teen Cancer America(TCA), the cause that has become the most important mission of his life. Four hours and more than $110,000 later, he was on a plane to Kansas City to join bandmate and philanthropic partner Pete Townshend to rock another stop on The Who Hits 50! North American tour. Daltrey admits, however, that it is the concert tour that has taken a back seat to his passion for expanding the work of TCA. After his appearance in Raleigh, all 250 in attendance understood why. TCA is the U.S. version of the U.K. non-profit, Teenage Cancer Trust, established in 1990. For 24 years, the trust has successfully financed treatment facilities for teens who often find themselves uncomfortably stuck between two alien worlds – either in pediatric cancer wards with young children or alongside older adults, making a difficult situation even worse. Daltrey is a longtime patron of the organization, initially helping to raise money and awareness through special concert events at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Daltrey and Townshend founded TCA in 2012 to give back to the country that has given them so much during their musical careers. Their dedication to the TCA mission together with their influence in the music world has inspired the likes of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Joan Jett and others to join their U.S. crusade, Who Cares – Teen Cancer America, to create hospital environments that adequately address the clinical and psychosocial needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
“The best therapy for a teenager with cancer is another teenager with cancer. It’s hard enough being a teenager, but being treated for cancer and finding yourself either among little kids or the elderly just isn’t right – they need their own place where they can be with each other and most importantly, be themselves.” – Roger Daltrey
In North Carolina, Sally Webb, CEO of The Special Event Company in Cary and a fellow Brit, is a founding board member and regional lead of the TCA movement following a decade of involvement with Teenage Cancer Trust. Raleigh-based First Citizens Bank, the largest family-owned bank in the U.S., pledged $1.5 million to jump start efforts across the state, including the launch of a powerful TV ad campaign using a special version of Townshend’s hit song, “Let My Love Open the Door,” performed by Daltrey. First Citizens Bank has made TCA its lead philanthropic cause, helping to raise money and awareness through a special website, LetMyLoveOpenTheDoor.com, and a social media campaign using the hashtag, #LetMyLoveOpenTheDoor. As a result of First Citizen’s commitment, Raleigh will serve as the U.S. hub for TCA in the Southeast, helping to further initiatives planned for Duke Medical Center, UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University’s Bowman-Grey Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Across the U.S., TCA has projects underway in New York City, Cleveland, New Haven, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Tampa, Fort Worth, and Chicago, and partnerships with more than 50 hospitals around the country are in various stages of planning and development. At First Citizen’s Center in Raleigh, guests were treated to cocktails, dinner and “Whograss” music from The Hill Benders, performing hits by The Who in bluegrass style. In addition to Daltrey and Webb, speakers included TCA Executive Director Simon Davies, TCA board member and legendary band manager for The Who and Judas Priest, Bill Curbishley, TCA Chair Rebecca Rothstein and representatives of First Citizens Bank that included Chief Strategy Officer and TCA board member Jeff Ward together with Senior VP, Corporate Communications and TCA Liaison Lead Barbara Thompson. “It has been remarkable to see how engaged people become when they learn what TCA is all about,” said Davies, who joked on stage about being one of numerous speakers addressing the room in a British accent. “But the best part is the response of the young people who finally get to experience cancer treatment in a new way – in a place designed just for them – making a difficult time a little better for them and for their families.” One of the evening’s highlights came when Daltrey introduced and embraced three young cancer survivors with whom the rock star had visited on previous trips to N.C. Sarah Stream, Sarah Thomas and Alex Werner spoke movingly of their personal experiences undergoing cancer treatment as teenagers. During the evening’s fundraising portion, bidding paddles were held high as once-a-lifetime auction items such as backstage VIP passes for The Who and Pearl Jam concerts, a private party in Los Angeles including appearances by the bands, autographed guitars and other prizes were offered up. The opportunity to serve as roadies for The Who brought the most enlivened response. Daltrey will continue to race across the country from concert performances to TCA fundraisers and back again. The awareness for TCA, he insists, is as valuable – perhaps more so – as the money raised at each event. At a major upcoming event scheduled in Los Angeles, the star wattage will be cranked up as Daltrey, Townshend, Vedder, Jett and the TCA team enlist even more support for a population of young people who have gone too long without it. About Teen Cancer America Teen Cancer America is designed to help hospitals and healthcare professionals bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care by educating and support hospitals and outpatient facilities in the development of specialized units for this age group. TCA brings together physicians and allied healthcare professionals in both pediatric and adult oncology. Age targeted care for this population is necessary for medical and appropriate psychosocial development of this unique age group. Research shows that outcomes associated with some cancers that target this age group have not improved in over 30 years while improvements have been made in both pediatric and adult cancers. Teens and young adults with cancer are long overdue for an upgrade and TCA can hopefully light the fire in America’s health systems. To view original press release please visit www.prweb.com

Cures is Making Congress Cool

Here is a look back at Teen Cancer America’s visit to Capitol Hill last week. Co-Founder Roger Daltrey helped lead the “Conversation on Child Cures” with representatives responsible for the 21st Century Cures bill. The below article was Photo: Committee on Energy and Commerce[/caption]   Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton became friends with Roger Daltrey – from THE WHO. Upton and his Partner in 21st Century Cures welcomed Daltrey to Capitol Hill for a Conversation on Child Cures which also included patients and advocates. Reps. Upton and DeGette last year championed a nonpartisan effort to help modernize the system that creates innovative cures and treatments. That effort is now moving through the Senate and Upton and DeGette’s new friend, Daltrey came by to help keep up momentum. Daltrey is the co-founder of Teen Cancer America, a group, “designed to help hospitals and health care professionals bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care.” Of course, Rayburn wasn’t his only stage on his trip. The Who also played at the Verizon Center while they were in town and Upton and DeGette pretty much earned “coolest people in Congress” when they got a shout out. Thank you, David Schnittger, for making this happen and showing the world (or at least the attendees of The Who concert, your Twitter followers and everyone who reads FamousDC), that Congress can be pretty cool.

Pete Townshend Discusses Teen Cancer

Jim Clash, Forbes contributor, conducted a great interview with Teen Cancer America Co-founder Pete Townshend during the opening of our newest teen and young adult lounge at Memorial Sloan Kettering (March 2016). During the interview Pete discusses music, his advocacy for teens and young adults with cancer in the United States and abroad and his relationship with longtime bandmate and TCA Co-founder Roger Daltrey. On stage with The Who, singer Roger Daltrey is usually front-and-center while guitarist Pete Townshend fades more into the background. So it is with the duo’s long-time charitable efforts against teen cancer. During last week’s Teen Cancer America lounge launch at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, Daltrey did most of the talking, Townshend not so much. Afterwards, though, I had a chance for a rare one-on-one with the man once known for smashing guitars. Following are edited excerpts from a spirited conversation. Make no mistake, Townshend is as passionate about teen cancer as Daltrey, he just keeps a lower profile. Jim Clash: You and Roger Daltrey have been performing together as The Who for over half a century. How is your relationship these days? Pete Townshend: It’s still not perfect. We have different ideas. I think that’s always been the way. But I would say the way he dealt with his recent illness [meningitis] last year, I very much admire. It was scary. He seems to be okay now. Meanwhile, I’ve been okay the whole time [laughs]. JC: Why concentrate your charitable efforts on teens? PT: For me, between 12 and 14 I had the most extraordinarily difficult time. What I realized when I started to write songs like My Generation – I was 19 when I wrote that, and the fan following at the time was between 16 and 18 – was that I was writing about when I was 12 or 13. At 19, I knew what to do. If you got in my way, I weighed 250 lbs. so I’d knock you over. But when I was a younger man, that wasn’t how I felt. So, in a sense, this transition we go through [as early teens] is a time when we feel very frail, very vulnerable. [caption id="attachment_12023" align="aligncenter" width="658"] The Who’s Pete Townshend at Teen Cancer America’s Memorial Sloan Kettering lounge opening in New York, NY. March 18, 2016. (Photo: Stacey Severn)[/caption] JC: There’s also camaraderie that exists among those stricken with cancer in that age group? PT: Yes, there’s the kinship. It’s a shared experience. When I look out at the audience, they’re all old-age pensioners. But they bring their grandchildren, and they sit there wondering what are we doing here. JC: Was cancer your charitable choice also because someone close passed on from it? PT: I’ve had cancer in my family. My father died of it. But that wasn’t what prompted me. I got involved because of Dr. Adrian Whitestone, my GP. I put up for a Broadway production of “Tommy” in 1993 with Des McAnuff, now famous for Jersey Boys, and we took it to the U.K. There was a young man playing the father who was eager to hand over a check that I had given to kick off Teenage Cancer Trust – 20,000 pounds. He said, “Can I present it?” I said, “No, it’s my money, I’m giving it. I want to be in the photo.” He said, “Oh please, please, please, let me present it. I want you to know I’m a teen cancer survivor.” Immediately I said, “You give the check.” And that’s how it kicked off for me. It was just a personal donation. I thought I’d do it once, get a photo, look like a good guy for half an hour and then go back and do what I do. But it just spiraled from there. [caption id="attachment_12025" align="aligncenter" width="388"] The Who’s Pete Townshend (left) and Roger Daltrey at the new Memorial Sloan Ketering – Teen Cancer America lounge on March 18, 2016. (Photo: Stacey Severn)[/caption] JC: How does the Teen Cancer America model differ from your older Teenage Cancer Trust in England? PT: I haven’t done that much [U.S.] work, just supported Roger’s initiative and helped raise money. I do know that here in America the harsh division between pediatrics and adult care is one which needs attention. As Roger says, the most extraordinary thing is how positively American hospitals across the board have responded to our notion. They’ve immediately thought: what a great idea! Of course, but it’s not easy. JC: What’s the state of music and youth these days? PT: The music business is active and alive, and it’s still about young people. Roger shares a birthday, March 1, with Justin Bieber – he’s 22, and Roger’s 72, what, 50 years difference? But the business is operated in a very different way, as you can see with Justin. He’s had his own teenage journey, living it out in public. When you’re sick, somehow you become the center of everything. That in itself is a kind of celebrity that’s quite difficult to deal with. (Editor’s Note: For more about the opening of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Teen Cancer America lounge, click http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimclash/2016/03/19/teen-cancer-america-launch-at-memorial-sloan-kettering-courtesy-of-the-who.)
This article was originally published online at Forbes.com, written by Jim Clash.


First Citizens Bank and Republic Records have teamed up with Teen Cancer America to release an exclusive recording of Roger Daltrey performing the 1980 classic “Let My Love Open The Door.” Proceeds will benefit Teen Cancer America and its work to increase targeted care and specialized treatment facilities for teens and young adults with cancer. The single is available exclusively on iTunes. (Download Roger Daltrey’s “Let My Love Open The Door”


  Teen Cancer America (TCA), presents North Carolina Cares, an evening of food, music and philanthropy hosted by TCA co-founder and The Who front man Roger Daltrey in Raleigh, NC. All proceeds from the event will benefit future Teen Cancer America units in hospitals throughout North Carolina.



Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016 | Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: The First Citizens Center, 4300 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC

Individual Ticket Price: $300



To purchase individual tickets or become a sponsor, contact

Barbara Taylor Leedy at The Special Event Company.

E: barbara@specialeventco.com T: 919 459 8785

For more info, visit the NC Cares page here.

  The event will include a VIP reception with Daltrey and friends, plated dinner, a live auction, raffle prizes and entertainment from bluegrass superstars The HillBenders. Prizes include signed The Who / music memorabilia, VIP meet and greet tickets for The Who Hits 50! Tour, and much more.

“The leadership that the North Carolina business community is demonstrating in support of TCA’s mission to provide age-specific support to their teens will set a benchmark for other states to follow. I am so thankful for the support and happy to be able to join the business leaders, healthcare professionals, and most importantly, North Carolina’s patients and survivors in April to kick off this initiative.” – Roger Daltrey



Interested in becoming a sponsor for North Carolina Cares fundraiser? Download our Sponsorship Packet for more information about opportunities and registration.

For further information regarding this event, to purchase a table, or to become a sponsor, contact Barbara Taylor Leedy at The Special Event Company.

E: barbara@specialeventco.com T: 919 459 8785











We stopped in North Carolina during the Road Rebellion to meet Julia, story is featured above. Sadly Julia passed away in March 2015. We will continue to share Julia’s story, as she wanted both her voice to be heard and to be a part of the continuing campaign to raise awareness and support for teens and young adults with cancer.



  • The first TCA Unit was successfully launched in 2013 at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California.
  • Within the next decade, more than fifty hospitals in the United States have been slated to receive the same TCA program, benefiting millions of young cancer patients across the country.
  • Since its inception in 1989, TCA’s sister organization in the U.K., Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), has successfully raised more than $150 million and built more than 30 teen cancer units throughout the U.K.
  • The units supported by the North Carolina Cares event will provide a hospital venue where teen cancer patients can be medically treated with their peers. These units also include a TCA lounge where teens can escape from the harsh realities of cancer and interact with outside friends and family. Each TCA lounge features computers, pool tables, plasma TV’s, movies and video games for interactive play.


Below is a collection of some of the successes of Teen Cancer America’s hospital partners this past year in their own words. Please take a look at the hard work of all of these champions around the country! Teen Cancer America is incredibly proud to share just a small portion of what our hospital partners have accomplished this past  year. Our hospital partners have embraced the challenges associated with teen and young adults cancer care and have made great strides in program and facility development among many other exciting projects.  Here are a few samples of the wonderful work they have done. We are looking forward to more growth in 2016.  – Hilary Gan, Director of Hospital Programs & Services [caption id="attachment_6676" align="aligncenter" width="700"] The Band Perry, Roger Daltrey, Simon Davies, Dr. Scott Borinstein, Rebecca Rothstein, and patients announcing The Band Perry as Teen Cancer Americaambassadors at Vanderbilt![/caption]


Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has developed a collaboration with music industry colleagues in Nashville to expose AYA cancer patients to good music and to people “in the industry.” A program was developed by a passionate young woman named Caitlyn called the Bandade Backstage Pass, which allows cancer patients access to cool shows and musicians. In partnership with Teen Cancer America, Vanderbilt announced plans for our AYA unit as well as TCA’s newest ambassadors, The Band Perry!  


Memorial Sloan Kettering In 2015 we saw the development and near completion of multiple facets of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Teen and Young Adult Program including the Lounge and design for our mobile app. Formal launch to come in 2016! MSK is excited about the hiring of two new staff for their AYA program.  


Yale-New Haven Children’s has had its first full year of its dedicated Adolescent-Young Adult Oncology Clinic!  Currently we are moving forward with creating the dedicated Teen Center on our inpatient unit but nearby our clinic so it can serve both.  We have dedicated a psychiatric/psychology team that serves our AYA clinic and follows patients when admitted.  Additionally, we successfully acquired funds to pay for part time AYA clinic coordinator from Strike Three Foundation, founded by Craig Breslow, Yale alumnus, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.  


Dana Farber is hiring a Program Manager in 2016 thanks to Teen Cancer America! This hire will be a joint pediatric-medical oncology hire and represents our “stepping out” as a formal joint program!  With this hire we hope to extend our education about AYA issues, both internally and at outside events.  This new manager will allow up to generate research for this population as well as customize care for all of our current and future patients!   [caption id="attachment_6677" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Entryway to the Angie Fowler Unit at the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital[/caption]  


The Angie Fowler Cancer Institute at Rainbow Babies University Hospital launched the “Cancer Education Series (Part 1)” to educate clinicians about AYA issues. Along with a nurse navigator, 4 AYA patients were awarded scholarships to attend Stupid Cancer’s CancerCon, where we also had an AYA-designed exhibit where we gave out free hugs! The “So How’s Life After Cancer?” survivorship program is offered to all survivors attending survivorship clinic during their visit. We hosted a Beauty Day, where fellow survivors provided mini-makeovers, conversation, and a chocolate therapy bar to inpatients, outpatients, and caregivers. We are currently working with our new friends at MadeSmart to make functional and fun products for AYA patients. We hosted our annual AYA Cancer Bash, a celebration of life dinner with over 150 patients, families, and staff that started in the outpatient clinic and finished with dessert in our rooftop garden. We were given the CureSearch Community Award and grant to study AYA distress levels during the period of transitioning off treatment and into survivorship. We also received a grant from the UH Sustainability program to offer fresh organic produce to our patients/families once a week during growing season (June-Oct) so that they could learn how to eat healthier. Finally, our AYA Nurse Navigator was awarded the Margaret Marting- Rainbow Trustee Award for Clinical Excellence!  
[caption id="attachment_6678" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Dr. Klein & Dr. Albritton signing the contract for a new
AYA unit at Baylor All Saints Hospital[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_6680" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Graduating
Class of 2015[/caption]


The Fort Worth Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Coalition’s (a nonprofit organization composed of health care organizations, oncology providers, and foundations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area) committees continue to work hard on plans, including hiring an architectural firm and getting valuable input from coalition members on the look and feel of our new AYA oncology unit, debuting the design this past fall.  In November Dr. Albritton and Dr. Klein signed the formal contract with Baylor All Saints Hospital to begin building our AYA oncology unit!  We’ll soon begin building the core of our AYA-specialized unit staff, which will consist of a nurse practitioner, patient navigator, social worker, activity coordinator and psychologist.  


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia had its first annual Graduation Ceremony recognizing AYA patients and survivors who were graduating from high school and college.  We launched the AYA music therapy cart as well as hosted an ongoing podcast, AYA Cancer Chat: Life Interrupted, featuring teens and young adults from the cancer center discussing their experiences with cancer diagnosis and treatment.  Activities and other events including a Day at the Phillies, Joy Juice event with Camden, and ACS’ Look Good . . . Feel Better for Teens.  


The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Program was very excited to launch our program in April!  We have started our AYA PFAC (Patient Family Advisory Council) made up of 10 AYA patients with staff and we have set our goal for the first one-an AYA Peer to Peer Mentoring Program.  We will be having our first workshop to start the program in Spring 2016.  Our AYA program received a Clinical Innovative Fund through the Stanford Cancer Center to purchase Fitbits and IPads to help our patients monitor daily activity) as well as connect them to a Fitbit community for 50 patients along with weekly Yoga/Deep breathing technique classes. We are hoping this can encourage some healthy competition among patients as well as social connections!  The company Glassybaby has created a candle called “Red Barn” for the Stanford Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Program with 10% of proceeds benefitting us. [caption id="attachment_6679" align="aligncenter" width="1217"] Guests at Moffitt Cancer Center’s holiday party[/caption]  


Moffitt Cancer Center’s Swim Across America Adolescent and Young Adult Lounge officially opened on April 30th 2015 with the help of our AYA Patients, Teen Cancer America, and over 100 guests and community partners. The space is available to our patients 24/7 and is already a big hit.  A patient told us that while he visits Moffitt for his outpatient treatments, he is grateful for the space as he feels safer in the lounge instead of a waiting room between appointments.  Additionally, one of our inpatients has glittered our lounge with his artwork and loves that the space is nearby but doesn’t look like the same 4 walls!  In December the AYA Program hosted a party at a restaurant owned by AYA Program research benefactor, Richard Gonzmart, and welcomed over sixty patients and guests. One of our new AYA patients said, “I didn’t feel weird being bald!” while another said “I wasn’t sure I was ready to meet other people who traveled a similar path as me, but I’m glad I came!” We began the research part of the hiring of a new staff member for the AYA Program using our Teen Cancer America grant to be hired in 2016. We are asking physicians, clinical team members and our very own AYA patients what types of assistance we are doing great in, what needs work, and what would benefit them the most.  


UCLA’s Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program has recruited Alexis Gentry as one of our wonderful social workers serving the leukemia, lymphoma, and bone marrow transplant TYA population as well as Emma Lidington as the lead research assistant for our ongoing TYA survivorship research portfolio. We must extend our thanks to team members Grace, Sufia, and Emma – who led the effort to establish the oncofertility infrastructure for our program and an additional thanks to Grace and Sufia who lead the AYA nursing educational efforts!

Roger Daltrey, First Citizens Bank Team Up To Tackle Teen Cancer

This article was originally published by Forbes.com. Written by Jim Clash. Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame crooner Roger Daltrey has re-recorded the 1980 hit song “Let My Love Open The Door” as part of a Roger Daltrey re-recording “Let My Love Open The Door” for a Teen
Cancer America/First Citizens Bank program to help young adults with
cancer.[/caption] First Citizens, America’s largest family-held bank (assets: $30 billion), says it will make a “significant contribution” to open teen cancer centers in the southeast, the bank’s primary business market. The effort will be promoted to the bank’s entire 18-state network. Teen Cancer America is currently in talks with more than 50 U.S. hospitals, 20 of them in the southeast, including four major ones within the Carolinas. Jeff Ward, chief strategy officer at First Citizens, had dinner with Daltrey awhile back, which got the initial ball rolling. “I think the real outcome is what happens in the communities when we start working with hospitals to help bring cancer units into their space,” said Ward. Teen Cancer America was founded in 2012 as the rock stars’ first effort across the pond. Four U.S. teen centers have launched so far, including one at UCLA Medical. Initial funding came from a California fundraiser featuring Daltrey, Robert Plant and Dave Grohl. Later, Daltrey and Elvis Costello raised $1 million at a Madison Square Garden concert in New York for Memorial Sloan Kettering. The MSK teen center is scheduled to open this winter. [caption id="attachment_6585" align="aligncenter" width="660"] First Citizens Bank is helping TCA open teen cancer centers in the
southeastern U.S.[/caption] “It just makes sense that if we, as a society, feel it’s right for children to go to kids’ hospitals with teddy bears and nurseries, and adults have hospital lounges where they can socially interact, teens should have somewhere, too,” said Daltrey. “But there’s basically nothing in the American system. They either are dumped in with children or with adults.” Townshend, who wrote “Let My Love Open The Door,” is proud of the new version of his song. The guitarist and band-mate Daltrey have been partners against teen cancer for nearly two decades via the United Kingdom’s
Teen Cancer Trust, raising in excess of $150 million. “Cancer for teens is particularly brutal,” Daltrey said. “I remember that period myself as being upside down and sideways, with huge emotional shifts and isolation, not quite fitting in here, there and everywhere. It’s an incredibly difficult period in everybody’s life. I was lucky to get into a profession where the backbone was totally that generation. Without adolescents and teenagers, the music business as we know it would not exist.” As for the teens with cancer, Daltrey gives them high praise. “They’re fantastic, truly remarkable considering the circumstances. You’ve got to remember that children with cancer, although they may suffer terribly, don’t really understand what they’ve got. A teenager knows what horrors can come to them. So every way around, it’s tough for that age group.” (Editor’s Note: To see the new television commercial featuring “Let My Love Open The Door” and video documentary of Roger Daltrey in the studio, click

Roger Daltrey Continues His Crusade Against Cancer

This article was originally posted online at NYPOST.com’s Page Six on June 1, 2015. Written by Emily Smith

Roger Daltrey continues his crusade against adolescent cancer

    Legendary rocker Roger Daltrey just performed at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with his band The Who and with Bruce Springsteen at a MusicCares event – but said his real heroes are the adolescents battling cancer he helps through his organization Teen Cancer America.   Daltrey, 71, has for decades raised money for the UK’s successful Teenage Cancer Trust, and has now expanded his vision to the US with Teen Cancer America. The organization aims to improve the quality of life for young adults with cancer, by bridging the gap between pediatric and adult care, as adolescents are currently treated in the same units as very young children or much older adults.   Daltrey last week visited Manhattan’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital to open a new adolescent cancer center which includes a communal lounge, a mentoring program led by survivors and an app where patients nationwide can share their experiences.   [caption id="attachment_6015" align="alignleft" width="1369"] Roger Daltrey visits Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on May 27[/caption] Of his work with adolescents with cancer, Daltrey said, “This gives me so much joy. You meet these kids who are the literal heroes, I just look up to them so much, they inspire me.” He continued, “You get one life, one chance, I walked out of school on my 15th birthday, with the headmaster screaming in my ears, ‘You’ll never make anything from your life Daltrey!’ I walked out with a grin on my face and I thought ‘Well I’ll f**king show him’.”   “And that’s my attitude, nothing is impossible. When I look back at my life, and think of the things we had to deal with, it’s been an insane life, a life of incredible privilege, incredible ups and downs…..then this came at a time when I was thinking what do I do with my life after music, a light bulb went on, and I thought, how come no-one’s noticed [that teens with cancer have no special care]? It was like walking out of the headmasters office again, I thought, ‘I’ll f**king show you, I’ll do this’.”   Daltrey says he hopes by the end of next year to have funded and built 12 adolescent cancer centers in hospitals across the US including, Stamford, University of Chicago, UCLA and Nashville’s Vanderbilt, and they are in talks with more hospitals nationwide. He and his bandmate Pete Townshend have recruited stars including Eddie Vedder, Joan Jett, Elvis Costello, Joe Walsh and The Band Perry to help with fundraising concerts. They are also working with Hernan Barangan, a filmmaker and two-time cancer survivor, who has traveled to 50 states to film the stories and voices of young cancer patients.   Daltrey continued, “There are 30 teens adolescents and young adults diagnosed a day with cancer, apart from leukemia there’s been virtually no improvement in the success rate of curing the cancers in teens since the 1970s. By having these units and identifying this group it will help researchers focus on why that is, and that will improve the medicine.” [caption id="attachment_6014" align="alignleft" width="2000"] Roger Daltrey visits Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on May 27[/caption] He added, “It just makes so much sense to me, this is something relatively cheap in medical terms, it just takes goodwill from the doctors, the hospitals and the administrators, and what you will provide is a movement and a community of young people that go on to enhance society as a whole in the future, beyond anything we could ever imagine.   Of his life performing – The Who is in the middle of its its 50th anniversary world tour – and helping young people with cancer, “[On stage] I kind of go out of myself, its’ build yourself into a rock star’ time, but as soon as you come off stage, I’m back to being old Roger again..I still carry that teen in me because I sing those songs every night, and I can relate to them, but when I look into the eyes of parents [of kids diagnosed with cancer] I do struggle with that, and all I can say is, we’ll always be there for you, and I just hope we can make it a bit better.”

9 Things We Learned From Roger Daltrey

Founder Roger Daltrey stopped by The Howard Stern Show during the East Coast leg of the Who Hits 50! Tour this spring. Roger lists Teen Cancer America as one of his proudest accomplishments! Read on for more facts and insights into the legendary singers career.
The Who’s Roger Daltrey stopped by the Howard Stern Show on Tuesday to discuss the band’s upcoming 50th anniversary tour, which kicks off May 20 in Uniondale, New York. The singer also used the opportunity to set the record straight on a variety of subjects, including the decline of legendary drummer Keith Moon and the future of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Here are the nine biggest takeaways from Howard’s wide-ranging interview with Roger: 1. How He Tried and Failed to Help Keith Moon Overcome His Addictions The drummer famously overdosed and died in 1978, but Roger told Howard he did everything he could to help his bandmate overcome addiction. One time he said he even destroyed Keith’s drugs while they were on tour, hoping it would let them get clean. But it didn’t. “He did not like himself sober,” Roger explained. “He [thought] he was boring.” 2. What He Misses Most About His Drummer “Of all the people I’ve met, [Keith] was, without a doubt, heads, hands and feet way above anyone else for humor,” Roger said. “You’d have to leave the room, crying.” “He could be hysterical, [but] the trouble is he couldn’t do it sober,” Roger added. 3. The One Song Roger Daltrey Will Never Perform Again There’s one thing that Daltrey will never play again: “Music Must Change” from the Who Are You album. “Every time we played that in the studio, Keith couldn’t play the drums to it. It was in ¾. Keith couldn’t play normal drums – Keith could play great Moon drums. That was it.” The band ended up having to replace his drum parts with some squeaky boots doing the rhythm part, so Keith was left off the recording. Straight after they made the record, Moon died. Howard mused that Keith lost his confidence during the ordeal and Roger agreed that it was tragic. Then, to make it even worse, the band started rehearsing it for a tour around 2002 … right before John Entwistle passed away.   4. Abbie Hoffman Interrupts The Who Howard thinks one of the greatest Who moments is from Woodstock when political activist Abbie Hoffman made the ill-fated decision to make a stage announcement right in the middle of the Who’s set. “He chose the wrong band,” Daltrey laughed. Pete Townshend got pissed and told him to “get the **** off the stage” before possibly hitting him with his guitar. 5. Courageously Going Under the Knife Roger had a pre-cancerous growth removed from vocal cords around Christmas of 2009, shortly before performing during the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Howard wanted to know if the frontman was terrified to undergo a potentially deadly operation. Spoiler alert: He wasn’t. “It wasn’t scary. It was gonna be what it was,” Roger explained. “I’m very philosophical on things like that. When the time comes, it comes.   6. Rock Isn’t Dead — It’s Just a Little Harder to Find Howard asked Roger about the state of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Roger’s answer was surprising. The Who singer said rock wasn’t dead, it was just kind of in hiding. It was harder to find on the radio, but still out there for those who were looking. “[You see it] when you go out to any American city and around the country,” Roger explained. “It’s in every car, it’s in the car parks outside your baseball stadium. The forms have probably all been done, but something new will arise.” “What needs to be dead is our generation,” he joked. 7. Why Robert Plant Won’t Tour With Zeppelin Again In response to why Robert Plant won’t tour with Jimmy Page anymore, Daltrey defended him, telling Howard that “it’s very difficult for the singers.” In his opinion, Plant doesn’t want to go out and disappoint his fans. “You don’t want to go out there and be mediocre.” Though their voices may have taken a beating from decades of performances, Daltrey defiantly noted that he and Plant weren’t from a generation that “cheated.” Roger said he really respects Robert’s decision.   8. Roger Daltrey’s Greatest Career Accomplishments Howard took a caller who asked what Roger’s greatest accomplishment in his whole career has been. “There’s two,” Daltrey told them. “Keeping the Who together, because I always believed in it, and getting the teen cancer thing going.” Find out more about his teen cancer endeavors here. 9. On the Future of The Who Roger and the band are still touring their hearts out, but the rocker confessed this might be their last big tour. For starters, the 71-year-old’s insurance company only allows him to sing every other night. Also, Roger told Howard he’s finding himself more and more intrigued by the thought of putting on smaller and more intimate tours — perhaps an all-acoustic one. So, don’t miss out on what might be the last hurrah of one of the greatest bands ever. Check out upcoming dates for The Who Hits 50 Tour here. This article was originally published by