Molly Eichel: Who loves CHOP? Roger Daltrey, that's who

Who lead singer Roger Daltrey takes time during his stop at CHOP to talk about his g-g-generation with teen patients Hunter Brooks and Rachel Kovach.
Who lead singer Roger Daltrey takes time during his stop at CHOP to talk about his g-g-generation with teen patients Hunter Brooks and Rachel Kovach.
Posted: February 27, 2013

THE WHO's Roger Daltrey made a quiet stop at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia over the weekend in support of Teen Cancer America , a charity that partners with pediatric hospitals to better treat teens with cancer.

Bala Cynwyd's Howard Jaffe, a massive Who fan and founding board member of Teen Cancer America (teencanceramerica.org), said he hopes that the charity will be able to dedicate some space solely devoted to teenage patients in CHOP's new building.

Daltrey, who changed his schedule so he could check out CHOP, was impressed, saying he had never seen a hospital like it. Daltrey toured the hospital and talked with teens. But did the kids know who the legendary Who singer was? "I asked two of the kids," Jaffe said. "They knew who he was because their parents told them."

What? Teens aren't rocking "Who's Next" on the regular?

Teen Cancer America, a sister organization of the Who-backed, U.K.-based Teenage Cancer Trust, is new to the States, recently receiving its nonprofit status. Daltrey and Who bandmate Pete Townshend are majorly philanthropic. Daltrey annually hosts concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall in support of Teenage Cancer Trust, and will play a New York show for Teen Cancer Society on Thursday in New York. Jaffe says he's interested in setting up a similar show in Philly.

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer also stopped by CHOP to visit Ryan Seacrest's Seacrest Studios at the hospital on Friday to chat with kids. The studio provides patients with an outlet to engage in activities related to radio, TV and new media. Meyer was supporting "The Host," the new flick based on her book, along with stars Max Irons and Jake Abel.

Sheryl is 'Smash'-ing

Call it a meeting of the "Dreamgirls." Sheryl Lee Ralph, who originated the role of Deena Jones in "Dreamgirls" on Broadway and is married to Philly- and Montco-based state Sen. Vincent Hughes, will be on "Smash" at 10 p.m. Tuesday on NBC. She'll play the stage mama to Jennifer Hudson's Broadway diva. Hudson, of course, won an Academy Award for playing Effie White in "Dreamgirls."

" 'Dreamgirls' was the first thing we talked about," Ralph told me on her way to a speaking engagement in Hawaii. "[Hudson] was very kind. When I was leaving, she said, 'You're all I want to be.' We had a wonderful time. She's a busy girl!"

Ralph, who is busy promoting her book Redefining Diva: Life Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl, has also booked a Nick at Nite pilot called "Instamom" with Tia Mowery. "I play a zany mom, the mom you would never expect to be a mom character," Ralph said. "I said I've got the best kids in show business. All of my girls are just so great. From Lauryn Hill [in "Sister Act 2"] to J. Hud to Brandy [in "Moesha"]. They're all of my daughters."

Hopkins on the bus

The Daily News' own Jason Nark shared this dispatch about boxer Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins: Philly road dogs travel all over the country to watch the Eagles and Phillies, but what about boxing?

Fred Mangione, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, noticed that lots of Philly fans traveled to Brooklyn in October to watch North Philly's Danny "Swift" Garcia take on Erik Morales, and he had an idea for the fight between Hopkins and Tavoris Cloud on March 9.

Brooklyn's rolling out the buses to bring Philly fans up to see Bernard. "We just wanted to try to make it easier for the fans to get here," Mangione said.

The buses will leave from the Modell's Sporting Goods at Franklin Mills Mall at 2 p.m. March 9 and depart from Brooklyn after the fight.

For $150, you get bus transportation and one lower-level ticket; $100 gets you transportation and one upper-level ticket. For more info, contact Joe

Grande at

718-942-9653 or

jgrande@

brooklynnets.

com.

Radio times

B101 said goodbye to Tiffany Hill on Friday after years of service at the station. Andrea Duffy will take

over from

9 a.m. to

noon.  

Jesse

Jordan will host the evening slot while the station looks for someone new to host nights.

Paging 'Millionaire'

Kelley Straub, a registered

nurse from Havertown, will be on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on 6ABC. If Straub wins, she plans to buy a house and a plasma TV.


Email: eichelm@phillynews.com

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