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WHO’S CRY­ING NOW: Former Jour­ney front­man Steve Perry and Erin

O’Mal­ley, DJ for Mix 104.1, sat down to­gether for a town hall-style shindig at the Bos­ton

Har­bor Ho­tel on Wed­nes­day night. Dur­ing the event, which ben­e­fited Dana-Far­ber Can­cer

In­sti­tute, the duo touched on sub­jects rang­ing from mu­sic and fame to women's health and breast can­cer, a disease that's sig­nif­i­cantly af­fected both of their lives. O'Mal­ley, a breast can­cer sur­vivor, spoke with Perry about his ex­pe­ri­ence sup­port­ing his girl­friend,

Kel­lie Nash, as she fought and even­tu­ally lost her bat­tle with the ill­ness in 2012. Perry, who's shied away from the spot­light since leav­ing Jour­ney for the sec­ond and fi­nal time in 1998, had ap­par­ently promised Nash be­fore she died that he would re­turn to mu­sic and not sink fur­ther into iso­la­tion. He's kept his word, as he's work­ing the press cir­cuit to pro­mote the re­lease of his first al­bum in two decades, “Traces.”

SO SWEET: If this whole foot­ball thing doesn't pan out for Rob Gronkowski, he could al­ways fall back on his fi­nesse for the art of cake dec­o­rat­ing. We hear that the tight end dropped by Stop & Shop in Foxboro ear­lier this week, where he sur­prised a pack of

Dana-Far­ber pe­di­atric pa­tients and their fam­i­lies. While at the gro­cery store, Gronk gave the kid­dos tick­ets to Sun­day's game and pro­ceeded to have the whole gang chan­nel their in­ner Duff Gold­man to dec­o­rate a foot­ball-themed cake. The fin­ished con­fec­tionary creation will be on dis­play as the Pats take on the Chiefs at Gil­lette this week­end, when Stop & Shop will also make a $2.5 mil­lion dona­tion to Dana-Far­ber, as part of its Help Cure Child­hood Can­cer cam­paign.

SLEEP ON IT: Need­ham na­tive Aly Rais­man did her part on

World Home­less Day, mak­ing a spe­cial de­liv­ery to a New York shel­ter. We're told that the Olympic gold medal­ist and ac­tivist, along with Leesa Sleep CEO David Wolfe hauled and un­boxed a slew of mat­tresses at

The Bow­ery Mis­sion on Wed­nes­day, in an ef­fort to raise aware­ness of “bed­less­ness” and al­low res­i­dents to feel fully rested. In ad­di­tion to giv­ing them the gift of sleep, Rais­man and Leesa passed along some funds to the shel­ter. And if you re­call from last sum­mer, the same pair staged a sim­i­lar good deed at

Head­ing Home in Dorch­ester.

COUR­TESY PHO­TOS BY, CLOCK­WISE, FROM ABOVE: STOP & SHOP; BEN GABBE; NICOLE RUSSO PR

Pa­tri­ots tight end Rob Gronkowski, above, stops by Stop & Shop’s Foxboro store to sur­prise Dana-Far­ber pe­di­atric pa­tients and their fam­i­lies with tick­ets to this Sun­day’s Pats game. For World Home­less Day yes­ter­day, gold medal­ist Aly Rais­man, be­low right, joins Leesa Sleep at Bow­ery Mis­sion, do­nat­ing mat­tresses to the NYC shel­ter. Jour­ney front­man Steve Perry, be­low left, talks on a Dana-Far­ber Can­cer In­sti­tute round­table.

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