The Boston HelpDesk team joined in the effort to raise funds for a number of important cancer organizations, along with a little help from legendary frontman from The Who, Roger Daltrey.
The Who’s Roger Daltrey returned to the Tanglewood on June 15th to perform the iconic rock opera “Tommy” in its entirety with the Boston Pops, as well as help raise money for a number of local cancer organizations.
Boston HelpDesk was proud to be part of a small fundraiser along with Daltrey during a private gathering that took place prior to the performance. The funds raised were split between Teen Cancer America, The Cancer Center at Berkshire Medical Center, and Moments House, a local cancer support community in the Berkshires.
Great Music – And An Ever Greater Cause
This is a follow up to Boston HelpDesk’s efforts back in the fall when Pete Townshend, also of The Who, came to the Tanglewood with to perform the rock opera “Quadrophenia”. Daltrey and Townshend are longtime supporters of cancer prevention and research charities. Their Who Cares charity supports the Teen Cancer Trust in their home country of the UK, and launched Teen Cancer America in 2011.
A cancer diagnosis is life-altering, not only for the person who now finds themselves fighting a life-threatening illness but for those closest to that person. Spouses, parents, siblings, and friends are all deeply affected by a loved one’s diagnosis, and especially for those who step up to take on a caretaker role, support is needed.
While there is no denying the vital role doctors and mental health professionals play in helping to beat cancer, what they have to offer isn’t always enough to get through the long days ahead. And that is where organizations like Moments House come into the picture
Moments House is dedicated to offering a range of services to cancer patients and their loved ones in the Berkshires that often fall outside of what most people would consider important for health and recovery. Staffed by dedicated and compassionate volunteers, Moments House provides free services that include:
The goal is to help make an undeniably horrible part of someone’s life a little less bleak by helping to manage stress. Whether that comes in the form of a relaxing massage or professional assistance to deal with heavy questions of legal or financial concerns, Moments House is here to help.
The work that they do helps to make patients feel like a person again, giving them back their confidence and sense of freedom and self-sufficiency. Fighting cancer is a draining experience not only because of the physical toll it takes on a person, but the mental and emotional toll it takes as well. When something as simple as a gorgeous wig can completely change the way a cancer patient feels about themselves, it can make a huge difference in the way they respond to treatment.
Feeling like they’re not alone, even when they lack a personal support system of their own, can truly make all the difference in the world for cancer patients.
It’s because of this that we chose to include Moments House in our fundraising efforts. With so much of our attention placed on children-centered charities and research — two very crucial and noble causes — organizations like Moments House can sometimes be overlooked when generous and compassionate individuals reach for their checkbooks. There may not be any groundbreaking treatments or trips to Disney World coming out of places like Moments House, but the comparatively small things they do each day are no less important or valuable.
Providing cancer patients with dignity and support is extremely worthwhile in our books, and wholly deserving of our support.
The Boston HelpDesk team is so proud to have played a part in yet another successful fundraiser for Teen Cancer America, The Cancer Center at Berkshire Medical Center, and Moments House. As much as we’re huge fans of rock and roll legends like Daltrey and Townshend, we’re even more enthusiastic about providing support to the organizations in our community that help those in need.
We hope to get the chance to take part in an event like this sometime soon. After working with Pete Townshend in September and now Roger Daltrey, we’ll have to keep an eye out for when Keith Moon is making a visit to the Tanglewood next!