The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend attended a National Press Club luncheon on November 12 to announce the launch of Teen Cancer America.

“What we’re trying to do here is make you aware of the situation,” said Daltrey. “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.”

Teen Cancer America is the US affiliate of the UK’s Teenage Cancer Trust. TCA aims to set up units in hospitals and medical centers in the US to cater for the needs of teenagers suffering from cancer.

“The music business, without teenagers and their support, would not exist,” said Daltrey, who is a patron on the TCT. “So all you rich rock stars out there: get off your butts! Get involved, raise some money.”

To read a full account of the luncheon, click here.

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