Published on in CHOP News
July 1, 2014 — Two rock icons have joined forces to present an exciting and unique evening of music and philanthropy at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in the heart of Philadelphia on Monday, July 28, 2014.
Roger Daltrey, of legendary rock band The Who and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts have pledged their support for Teen Cancer America (TCA) and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Event proceeds will support enhancing adolescent and young adult programming for patients in CHOP’s world-renowned Cancer Center by creating a new space completely dedicated to the unique needs of this special population.
Daltrey, who is the driving force behind Teen Cancer America, and also a longstanding patron of the UK’s Teenage Cancer Trust, said, "I am so delighted that we are partnering with CHOP to improve the lives of teenagers living with this terrible disease. Joan and I are looking forward to our collaboration to deliver an outstanding evening of music while raising much needed funds to grow CHOP’s programming for adolescents and young adults with cancer.”
“Teenagers who are being treated for cancer have emotional and social needs that are different than their younger counterparts. They're facing a frightening diagnosis and treatment during what is already a time of great physical, social and emotional change,” said Steven M. Altschuler, MD, chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “We are thrilled that Roger Daltrey and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts also recognize the needs of this unique patient population and are committed to working with us to improve their patient experience and quality of life.”
Tickes for the concert, including exclusive Meet & Greet VIP Packages, are available from kimmelcenter.org, 215-893-1999 or the Kimmel Center box office (Broad & Spruce Streets). Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, 6/06 at 10 a.m. EST.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has one of the largest pediatric cancer programs in the United States, which has been top ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine. Its large basic and clinical research programs are particularly strong in pediatric neuro-oncology, neuroblastoma, leukemia and lymphoma, and sarcomas.
Of all pediatric institutions, Children's Hospital enrolls the most patients in national clinical trials, working in close collaboration with national organizations such as the Children's Oncology Group. Physicians at Children's Hospital have had pioneering roles in developing international standards for diagnosing and treating neuroblastoma, and in developing programs for survivors of childhood cancer.
Teen Cancer America's mission is to partner with hospitals to create facilities, develop support programs, and raise awareness during treatment and beyond. With the continuing support of Daltrey and his partner in The Who, Pete Townshend, Teen Cancer America is building on over 22 years of experience from the renowned UK charity, Teenage Cancer Trust, and is committed to addressing the gaps in the teen and young adult cancer treatment experience. CHOP will be home to the second TCA space in the US; the first opened at UCLA in 2012.