John Oates has just been named a celebrity ambassador for Teenage Cancer America, which was co-founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who.
Oates says, “This special organization aims to enhance survival rates and the well-being of teenagers and young adults with cancer by transforming hospitals to cater to their unique needs. Cancer has touched many of us, and I’m truly excited about the chance to assist teens in their fight against it…”
He adds, "I'm looking forward to supporting the charity's fantastic music program, Play It Back, which enables patients and survivors to collaborate with music producers, honing their songwriting, performing, and recording skills. Let's make a difference together!”
Daltrey and Townshend have also added, “Fantastic to have you on board, John! Great news.” Daltrey talked about what musicians can to do raise money for Teen Cancer America.
He said, "Everybody in the music business owes it to adolescents and young adults, because that's the foundations of our industry. If they're not there for us, we've got nothing, so we've got to be there for them. This is such an easy way to give back. You're raising money for it by playing the music you love. 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 round about 90 hospitals. How hard would that be? You know, they can afford it. You know, hospitals don't lose money. You have to remember that."
Other artists who support Teen Cancer America include Eddie Vedder, Robert Plant and Don McLean.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]