Roger Daltrey worries about teens with cancer during Covid-19


Roger Daltrey worries that the coronavirus pandemic will have a devastating effect on a special group of people in need — teens with cancer

The Who frontman, along with bandmate Pete Townshend, started the Teen Cancer America foundation in 2012 to deal with the specific needs of teenage cancer patients. The organization has funded specialized hospital wings and services for teens and their families. But heading into June, which is National Cancer Survivors Month, the situation is looking bleak.(

5/22/2020 by 

AP: How dire is the situation during the pandemic for young people with cancer?

Daltrey: It’s devastating for them because every treatment that they have for cancer compromises their immune system.


Daltrey: We don’t do medicine. But what we do is provide social and psychological care and specialized care and programs that are suited to this age group.

AP: Is it important to keep teens together for moral support?

Daltrey: Yes. This group was suffering in silence. You know, a 15-year old boy could wake up in a bed next to a 2-year-old kid screaming after losing their leg. Adolescents and young adults are psychologically and socially completely and utterly different. That affects their spirit.

AP: Since a big part of the money for the charity comes from live performances, would you consider a streaming concert, say like other benefits?

Daltrey: I’ve got to say about streaming: There’s no money. (laughs) Ask any musician, man. The only ones making money are the streaming companies. You can have a billion streams and you’ll get paid $5,000. Oh, man. It’s cruel. It’s crucifying. I don’t know whether it would work for us, though. I mean, that music’s very different.

The TCT said: “We believe the only people entitled to profit from our event are youngsters with cancer.”

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