Advertisement

Movie Mom

Movie Mom

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend at the National Press Club to Talk About Teen Cancer

posted by Nell Minow

I got to hear The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend speak at the National Press Club today, which saluted them with “Tommy” cookies.  They were there on behalf of the Teenage Cancer Trust, a non-profit devoted to improving the way young people with cancer and their families are treated and supported.  “There’s a huge gap in the health care system,” Daltrey said.  There are facilities for children and adults, but “teenagers don’t want teddy bears.” If businesses, who see teenagers as a lucrative market, recognize that they are unique, so should the medical establishment.  They may need the same medicine, but their psychological, emotional, and social needs are different.”They love to be together,” he said.  “We try to make their lives as normal as possible.”  He told us about touring an impressive hospital facility that was “nicer than some of the hotels we stay in,” with atriums and palm trees.  “But I did not see one square foot of space where a teenager could be happy.” A place for parents to stay and get support is also important.

Advertisement

The UK program has led to a 10-15% improvement in survival rates.  “If you had a drug that made that kind of difference, they would throw billions at you.”

He hopes to promote a more comprehensive clinical recognition of the unique needs of teenagers, who often receive later diagnoses than they should because doctors are not looking for cancer.  Their successful UK program is expanding to the US with the first program at UCLA and conversations underway with other hospitals.  Daltrey is deeply involved as a passionate advocate and as a fundraiser, persuading other rock stars to help out by reminding them that “the music business would not exist without teenagers.”

Advertisement

Daltrey and Townsend good-naturedly answered questions about music, though they said performing for the teens in the program was not on the agenda.  “We might kill off the rest of the hospital.”  Townsend declined to say whether current music was better or worse than the music of the Woodstock era.  “‘Classic rock’ is a term made up by radio DJs to sell advertising,” he said.  “The continuum is the teen we all carry inside us.”

Previous Posts

Tonight on PBS: A Capitol Fourth with Barry Manilow, Hunter Hayes, and KC and the Sunshine Band
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IQqWgdF1z0[/youtube] Tune in tonight to watch A Capitol Fourth on PBS, featuring Barry Manilow, Hunter Hayes, KC and the Sunshine Band, Alabama, and Lang Lang, and hosted by Bradley Whitford. And ...

posted 12:00:57pm Jul. 04, 2015 | read full post »

Marvin Gaye Sings the Star Spangled Banner
Happy 4th of July! [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/34606761[/vimeo] ...

posted 8:38:56am Jul. 04, 2015 | read full post »

The Declaration of Independence -- Happy 4th of July!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETroXvRFoKY ...

posted 7:00:25am Jul. 04, 2015 | read full post »

For the 4th of July: Singing Founding Fathers in "1776"
Happy Independence Day!  Every year, I recommend the rousing musical about the Declaration of Independence. "1776" makes the Founding Fathers vivid, human, and interesting characters, and is so involving that you almost forget that you already ...

posted 8:00:01am Jul. 03, 2015 | read full post »

Sesame Street's Maria Says Goodbye
Sonia Manzano has announced that she is leaving Sesame Street after 44 years.  She was 22 years old when she auditioned for the brand new series that would revolutionize children's programming. She became Maria, one of the first Latina ...

posted 1:20:21pm Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.