Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend take Teenage Cancer Trust to the US

The first unit will be based at the University of California in Los Angeles

The Who‘s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are taking their Teenage Cancer Trust initiative to the US.

The pair have announced the Daltrey/Townshend Teen And Young Adult Cancer Program at the UCLA, the first project of its kind in the country. It will build on the work of the UK trust, which has helped fund 19 special teen cancer units in the UK.

The charity’s aim is to ensure that every young person receives the best possible care and professional support to help meet the unique physical and emotional challenges resulting from a cancer diagnosis. The belief is that teenagers and young adults shouldn’t stop enjoying their youth just because they have cancer.

When hospitalisation is required for teens with cancer, they are often placed in either a pediatric or adult unit. The UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen And Young Adult Cancer Program’s special hospital unit will be a comforting environment where young people stay in adjoined patient rooms around a common lounge so they can provide emotional support for each other.

The units are designed to provide, as closely as possible, a normal life, helping the youngsters cope with grueling treatments and long hospital stays.

Daltrey has flown to the US where he will officially launch the program at a news conference in Los Angeles that will also be attended by Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. The rockers will sign a guitar that will be hung on the wall in the UCLA unit.

Meanwhile, the ‘Quadrophenia Director’s Cut’ album will be released in the UK on November 14.