LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives from Teen Cancer America, a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer, have been invited by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to join him as his guests at the upcoming State of the Union address by President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Boehner was first introduced to Teen Cancer America after meeting legendary musician and humanitarian, Roger Daltrey of The Who, during Daltrey's performance at the dedication of a bust of former British prime minister Winston Churchill at the U.S. Capitol in October 2013. Daltrey and fellow bandmate Pete Townshend are the driving force behind Teen Cancer America.
Established in the U.S. in 2011, Teen Cancer America builds on over 21 years' experience of the United Kingdom charity, Teenage Cancer Trust, which is recognized for its commitment and success in addressing the gaps in the teen and young adult cancer experience. "It's hard not to be inspired by Teen Cancer America, which reflects Roger Daltrey's passion and commitment to ensuring that teenagers with cancer get specialized facilities and treatment. Having witnessed families in my own community grapple heroically with the challenges of teen cancer, I wanted to help highlight their mission and cause at this year's State of the Union Address," Boehner said.
Teen Cancer America Chairman, Rebecca Rothstein, Executive Director Simon Davies and his wife Geraldine Lee, will represent the non-profit at the historic event. "This is a great honor for the charity to be recognized in this way and gives us all hope that our endeavors to improve the lives of these young people whose unique needs have not been fully recognized by our health system will bring about the changes we need," commented Ms. Rothstein.
Daniel Bral, a young survivor of cancer and a student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has just been named chairman of the charity's Young People's Advisory Committee and will also be representing Teen Cancer America in the nation's capital. Bral, now 25 and studying to become a doctor, said, "I know what it is like to come through this disease when facilities are largely designed for children or older adults. It's isolating and we need our space. This will help us to spread the word and make a real impact across the country."
About Teen Cancer America
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SOURCE Teen Cancer America