Roger Daltrey And Cancer Survivor Talk About Benefit Gigs In Interview
Roger Daltrey Co-Founded Teen Cancer America
In recognition of the National Cancer Survivors Day on June 7, The Who lead singer Roger Daltrey chats with emerging artist and Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor Harry Hudson about music and the difficult challenges teens and young adult cancer patients have to deal with amid the pandemic.
Both Daltrey and bandmate Pete Townshend co-founded Teen Cancer America and the organization’s YouTube channel shared a snippet of a 15-minute discussion between Daltrey and Hudson.
Daltrey stresses the important of benefit shows especially since The Who often organized fundraising events to help teens and young adults in battling cancer.
Daltrey says, “If the American artists get behind doing this and putting on events, we can have America completely covered in probably 10 years, and that would be around 90 hospitals.”
Hudson, who was diagnosed at 20 years old, shares his advice to those currently struggling with the disease: “Don’t push away the dissecting; embrace the pain or the joy or the sorrow you feel, or the hurt. Embrace it, and start slowly letting go.”
The full conversation will be released later this month.
According to Teen Cancer America’s website, “Most hospitals don’t have special programs or facilities for the age group of 13 – 24-year-olds. We create state-of-the-art ‘youth-focused’ programs and facilities to meet the needs of teens and young adults with cancer.”