"The time has come to introduce TCT to America and to launch a program for teen cancer patients at UCLA. The disease should be a mere comma in their lives, not a devastating full stop. It's a big ambition, but we can get there by working together." -Roger Daltrey
The UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen Cancer Program (DTTCP) is an extension of Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), a U.K. charity dedicated to improving the lives of young people with cancer. The program funds and builds specialty units in hospitals where young cancer patients are treated together and housed in adjoined patient rooms designed to help them cope with grueling treatment and long hospital stays. Its vision is to ensure that these patients and their families receive the best possible care and professional support throughout the cancer journey.
Longtime patrons of TCT, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of the legendary rock band The Who, created Who Cares, a fundraising initiative for fans of their band. The charity has helped to raise millions for TCT. In an exciting and historic partnership with TCT and Who Cares, UCLA Health is pleased to introduce the first TCT program in America. Currently in the design phase, the facilities, executed with input from young patients, are colorful and vibrant, equipped with computers, TVs, and game consoles. Once built, there will be a medical team of cancer specialists and nurse consultants within the unit.
Just as Roger and Pete have supported TCT in the U.K., it is their long-range goal to establish Teen Cancer America programs in strategic locations across the United States. A separate fund is being established and administrated by UCLA to cover expenses of the launch of Teen Cancer America.
For more information about how you can support DTTCP, contact Silviya Aleksiyenko at [email protected] or (310) 206-9235.
Learn more about the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen Cancer Program by visiting their website.
On Saturday, November 5, 2011, an event was held in support of the DTTCP, featuring Robert Daltrey, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. The evening featured a live and silent auction, festive cocktails provided by Patron, and an incredible rock-n-roll line up, raising nearly two million dollars.
Clockwise from top: Musical performances by Roger Daltrey, Dave Grohl, and Robert Plant. Hosts Jordan Kaplan and Rebecca Rothstein, honorees John Paul and Eloise DeJoria, and host Dr. David Feinberg. Paul Stanley auctions guitar at November 5 rock event.