our founders

Pete Townshend

Founder

Named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 10 greatest guitarists of all time, Pete Townshend is well known as the lead guitarist and primary songwriter for The Who. In his 40 years with The Who, he has written over 100 songs for the band’s 11 studio albums, including the popular rock operas, Tommy and Quadrophenia. Pete is also a celebrated solo artist who has written over 100 songs for his solo albums. Best recognized as a guitarist, Pete also plays keyboards, banjo, accordion, synthesizer, bass guitar — with no formal musical training. Pete is a prolific author and contributor of newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays and books, with an autobiography due out in October 2012. Pete is dedicated to supporting teens with cancer and, with Roger Daltrey, co-founded the Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program at UCLA Medical Center.

Roger Daltrey

Founder

Roger Daltrey is a legendary singer, musician, songwriter, actor and humanitarian best known as the founder and front man of the English rock band, The Who. Roger received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 for outstanding artistic significance in music and The Who have seven albums on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Roger is also a longstanding patron of the British charity, Teenage Cancer Trust, and their successful, annual benefit concerts at Royal Albert Hall. Roger is deeply committed to raising awareness about teen cancer in the U.S. and is the driving force in creating Teen Cancer America. He aims to raise the bar on how young people with cancer are treated by establishing specialized facilities and services to help meet their physical and emotional needs.

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