LOS ANGELES (Oct. 12, 2016) – Teen Cancer America (TCA), the national non-profit founded by rock ‘n’ roll icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, today announced the launch of a new, dedicated auction page on the charity’s website offering rare memorabilia for sale to raise funds for TCA initiatives around the country. The auction site is set to thrill music historians and fans alike as it kicks off with a collection of rock ‘n’ roll treasures such as an original 1968 concert poster for The Who signed by Daltrey and Townshend, and an original 1968 “The Who Sells Out” tour program signed by the artists.
Perhaps the most coveted item up for auction is a piece of artwork fashioned from the neck of Townshend’s 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar that he destroyed on stage in Anaheim, Calif., on Sept. 8, 1967, in the typical mayhem of The Who at the time. It was only three months after the band had exploded onto the U.S. rock scene at the Monterey Pop Festival in June of that year. The auction also includes more recent collectibles, such as an autographed set list from the stage at last year’s Hyde Park show in London, a performance immortalized in a concert film now available on DVD. Also available are drumsticks used on tour by current drummer Zak Starkey (son of Ringo Starr), rare and custom guitar picks used by The Who – even guitar strings used by Townshend on tour and returned to their original packaging.
All proceeds from auction sales will support the TCA mission to develop specialized facilities that address the age-specific clinical and psychosocial needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer. “We are incredibly grateful to The Who and other donors of these auction items, some of which truly are priceless artifacts of rock history,” said TCA Executive Director Simon Davies. “This is a wonderful way to raise money as well as awareness for the important work TCA and its partners are doing for young people facing a cancer diagnosis.”
Since launching in the U.S. in 2012, TCA has projects underway or in development with world class cancer centers at UCLA, Stanford, Memorial Sloan Kettering (New York), Dana-Farber (Harvard), Yale, University of Chicago, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Moffitt (Tampa), Vanderbilt, Baylor and Case University. Partnerships with more than 50 hospitals around the country are in various stages of planning, including Duke Medical Center, UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University’s Bowman-Grey Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
About Teen Cancer America
Teen Cancer America helps hospitals and healthcare professionals bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care by supporting hospitals and outpatient facilities in the development of specialized units for this age group. TCA brings together physicians and allied healthcare professionals in both pediatric and adult oncology. Age targeted care for this population is necessary for medical and appropriate psychosocial development. Outcomes associated with some cancers that target this age group have not improved in over 30 years. Teens and young adults with cancer are long overdue for an upgrade and TCA can light the fire in America’s health systems. For more information about TCA or to inquire about making a contribution, please contact Teen Cancer America at 1.310.208.0400 or email@example.com.