Two legendary British rock stars visited Los Angeles today to launch the nation’s first cancer center for teens modeled after programs in Great Britain. The soon-to-open unit at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center will offer youngsters a place to feel a little more comfortable during medical treatments.
The UCLA teen cancer center will bear the names of Roger Daltrey, the founder and lead singer of The Who, and Pete Townshend, the band’s guitarist and songwriter. In the last decade they’ve raised millions of dollars for teen cancer centers throughout the UK.
At a UCLA press conference, Daltrey — joined by Robert Plant of the band, Led Zeppelin — told reporters that teenagers battling cancer are different from other patients.
"This age group was not children, and they’re certainly are not adults. They are completely different," Townshend said. "They get the rarest they get the most aggressive cancers of all. It’s the number one killer of teenagers"
Without such centers, Daltrey says, teens are treated in pediatric wards or oncology units with mostly elderly patients. The new UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer is expected to open in six months. It will include a community lounge, a pool table, video games and music videos.