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Initiative set to raise funds for teen, young adult cancer care

August 4, 2016

Teen Cancer America kickoff

Kemarri Willingham, 7, poses for a photo with Reid, Kimberly and Neil Perry of The Band Perry at this week’s Teen Cancer America fundraising kickoff event at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. (photo by John Russell)

Teen Cancer America and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt this week announced the launch of a collaborative effort to raise $1 million to expand the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer program in Nashville, Tennessee.

Grammy Award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry will work closely with both the foundation and the hospital and support them on the various fundraising efforts over the coming year. They will kick off the fundraising with a $25,000 donation to the nonprofit, which they won on a recent episode of “Celebrity Family Feud.”

“It is the commitment of world-class artists like The Band Perry in support of this important Vanderbilt partnership that makes Teen Cancer America’s mission entirely possible,” says Simon Davies, executive director of Teen Cancer America. “We encourage and support extraordinary institutions like Vanderbilt, but it will be great music and The Band Perry’s enthusiasm that will allow this partnership to flourish and fulfill its mission to improve the care and lives of teens and young adults impacted by cancer. We are deeply grateful to all who have made this possible.”

“With this initiative and growing partnership with Teen Cancer America, we are poised to further enhance our exceptional clinical care and comprehensive array of programs to meet the unique medical and psychosocial needs of adolescents and young adults affected by cancer,” said Steven A. Webber, MBChB, MRCP, pediatrician-in-chief, James C. Overall Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital.

“We are deeply appreciative of Teen Cancer America for its commitment to Vanderbilt so that together we can provide a better experience, improved outcomes and a brighter future for the adolescent and young adult patient population. We are also very grateful to The Band Perry for lending their support to this important initiative.”

Founded by The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, Teen Cancer America is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to transforming the lives of teens and young adults with cancer by helping hospitals and health care professionals bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care.

As ambassadors, The Band Perry has made a long-term commitment to raising awareness of teen cancer issues across the country.