Rock Icon Roger Daltrey Visits New Hawkins Family Adolescent And Young Adult Cancer Center In Greenville
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Roger Daltrey, lead singer of the legendary rock band The Who and co-founder of national nonprofit Teen Cancer America (TCA), was in Greenville, SC at Bon St. Francis Health System visiting and touring the new Hawkins Family Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Center.
Teen Cancer America and First Citizens Bank provided expert guidance, financial support and previously announced a pledge of $320,000 for the development of the AYA cancer unit and programs at Bon Secours.
The new AYA cancer unit at St. Francis Downtown is a place where teens and young adults (15-40 years old) can receive uniform support, treatment and care in a program and setting designed specifically for them. In many hospitals, teens and young adults often receive care in pediatric wards or with older adults in general cancer facilities. This new unit helps bridge the gap. It’s a place for AYA patients, designed by AYA patients, who worked alongside staff and caregivers to help shape the new space. The unit includes four patient rooms, a nurse’s station, an open concept lounge with kitchen, an exercise area and a family bathroom.
Bon Secours AYA Cancer Care is a comprehensive, community-based program focused on coordinating care and improving clinical trial access of AYA patients in the Upstate. It’s one of the few programs in the United States exclusively dedicated to supporting adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer. The program takes a team approach to coordinate care so that patients receive the best treatment protocols, are enrolled in groundbreaking clinical trials and ultimately improve their quality of life while undergoing treatment. The goal is to assure longer, healthier lives for young people with cancer.
Daltrey met with patients and medical staff during his visit. He also donated a signed guitar that remains on display in the cancer center.