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Daltrey, Townshend donate $1M for teen cancer patients

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Friday, March 18, 2016, 5:03 PM

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Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who donated $ 1 million to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to open The Lounge, a facility that caters to teenagers and young adults.

Two rock legends are making sure teens battling cancer have a space to call their own.

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who donated $ 1 million to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to open The Lounge, a facility that caters to teenagers and young adults.

“It’s a very simple idea,” Daltrey said at a Friday ceremony to mark The Lounge’s opening. “It’s about observing the patient and making sure that their hospital experience is as positive as possible.”

The 800-square-foot space features a snack bar, comfy chairs and couches along with a dry erase graffiti wall. It is stocked with board games, books, video games and a state-of-the-art television and sound system.

Young patients can hang out in The Lounge for movie nights, video game tournaments and art projects.

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Singer Daltrey and guitar hero Townshend, known for Who classics like “My Generation” and “Teenage Wasteland,” joined together to form Who Cares Teen Cancer America.

Singer Daltrey and guitar hero Townshend, known for Who classics like “My Generation” and “Baba O’Riley” (known for its “Teenage Wasteland” refrain), joined together to form Who Cares Teen Cancer America.

The nonprofit organization is dedicated to making sure teens and young people aren’t overlooked in cancer treatments and programs primarily designed for children and older adults.

“Without the support of teenagers when we started way back when, we wouldn’t be here,” Daltrey said, referring to his Who heyday. “That was all founded on the support of teenagers — so this is our way of saying thank you.”

In addition to founding almost 30 such programs at hospitals across the U.K., the two rockers have already established 10 programs in the U.S.

Sloan Kettering CEO Craig Thompson lauded the rockers and pointed out the hospital takes care of over 700 teens and young adults every year.

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