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Simple Plan auction goods for Teenage Cancer Trust

Simple Plan

Story by Jack Foley

CANADIAN punk rockers Simple Plan are raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust through a special auction on eBay.

The auction includes a signed Epiphone Les Paul Special II electric guitar, framed artwork from Simple Plan’s self-titled third album, a signed set list from their Liverpool show, a signed tour poster, a signed set of albums and a Simple Plan swag pack with tour T-shirt, hoody and signed album.

Simple Plan, who played four UK dates as part of their European tour, will be donating all the money raised to Teenage Cancer Trust. The auction will close at 8.30pm on Sunday, December 7, 2008.

Cancer awareness is an important cause to the band, as lead singer Pierre Bouvier’s brother Jay was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer at the age of 28.

Now in remission, Bouvier’s illness inspired the band to include cancer awareness as one of the initiatives of the band’s charity, the Simple Plan Foundation.

Simple Plan’s new single, Save You, was written as a tribute to Jay and net proceeds from downloads will go to cancer charities worldwide.

Lead singer Pierre Bouvier said: “After what happened to someone so close to us, we feel that, as a band, we had to do something to help. We should get involved and use our voice to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

“Teenage Cancer Trust does a great job to improve the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer by building specialist units where they can be treated with others their own age. We hope you can bid and make a difference to someone.”

Simon Davies, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, commented: “Every day in the UK six teenagers are diagnosed with cancer. This is a rising figure and there are already more young people than children with the disease.

“At Teenage Cancer Trust we are dedicated to improving the lives of these young people by building specialist units within NHS hospitals which have been designed to give teenagers the very best chance of a positive outcome.

“We’re very grateful to Simple Plan for choosing to support Teenage Cancer Trust through their auction and helping us to support more teenagers and young people in their fight against cancer.”

You can view the items up for auction by clicking HERE

Simple Plan’s new single Save You is available to download on iTunes now. All net proceeds from will go to cancer charities worldwide.