The Dempsey Center was founded by actor Patrick Dempsey in response to his mother’s multiple bouts with ovarian cancer. In partnership with Central Maine Medical Center, The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing opened in 2008. The Center provides free support, education, and integrative medicine to anyone impacted by cancer.

The Dempsey Challenge, an annual run, walk, and cycling event, is the primary and signature fundraiser for the Dempsey Center. The event has raised over $5M for the Center since its inaugural year in 2009 and attracted participants from 34 states and 8 countries in 2013.

“The Dempsey Center is not the product of one vision, but of a collective effort to build hope, improve lives, and show support. It’s a beautiful thing, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”

– Founder, Patrick Dempsey

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