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The Hollywood actor raising millions in the fight against cancer through riding bikes

Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey helped raise $1.2m for his cancer centre

Joe Robinson
21 Oct 2019

In a world of bad news, now for something heartwarming. Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey has raised over a million dollars for his cancer centre by getting people riding bikes.

Dempsey, best known for playing Dr Derek Shepard in Grey's Anatomy, hosted his annual Dempsey Challenge Fundraiser in his hometown of Lewiston, Maine, which is a weekend of cycling events to raise funds for the Dempsey Centre.

Taking place on 28th and 29th September rides from 10 to 100 miles saw participants help raise $1.2million for the centre. Within that were 12-mile 'no-drop' rides and even timed, race sections.

The 53-year-old opened the eponymous centre in 2008 following his mother's diagnoses with ovarian cancer in 1997, a disease she passed away from in 2012. The centre helps patients and families in their fight against the disease with both physical and psychological support.

Communications manager of the Dempsey Centre, Nancy Audet, told Bicycling magazine that every penny raised goes towards the fight against cancer.

'Every dollar raised by participants directly supports Dempsey Center services, making life better for people managing the impact of cancer,' Audet explained.

'Services include counselling and support groups, youth programs, movement and fitness, nutrition, acupuncture, and oncology massage. All services are provided at no cost.'

Alongside his career in Hollywood, Dempsey has always been a handy road rider and one of the many stars to make appearances at professional bike races.

Being a model for watch brand Tag Heuer, Dempsey attended the 2017 Giro d'Italia, presenting Caleb Ewan with a trophy after winning Stage 7 to Alberobello.

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