The Who vocalist Roger Daltrey is taking action to address a specific “teenage wasteland”: specialized care for adolescents suffering from cancer.
Alongside former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, Daltrey held a press conference at UCLA in Los Angeles on Friday to announce the launch of his newly formed foundation, the Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program, which is focused on expanding the options and resources available to sick teenagers in an environment where people are classified merely as adults or children.
Co-founder and The Who bandmate, guitarist Pete Townshend, was unable to attend the press conference due to an expired visa. He did send a prerecorded video message, in which he encouraged the U.S. to get behind the cause and pointed to the U.K. success of a similar foundation, England’s Teenage Cancer Trust, which The Who have supported for years.
Artists’ drawings of the planned UCLA teen cancer center were also revealed at the press conference. The pictures depicted a vibrant atmosphere complete with couches, a pool table, video games, computers and iconic rock posters.
Daltrey stated his main motivation in founding a teen cancer center in the U.S. is to give back to teenagers, whom he considers to be responsible for a large portion of The Who’s success. “Every generation of rock musician will understand that we wouldn’t be anywhere without the support of teenagers buying the records,” he said.