Back in March of last year, Patrick Dempsey officially unveiled the “Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing” at the Central Maine Medical Center. The actor was inspired to create the center after his mother’s continuous battles with ovarian cancer.
Fast-forward to the present and the 43-year-old Grey’s Anatomy star is getting ready to launch the first-ever Dempsey Challenge to help benefit his cancer center. Races of 10-, 20-, 50- and 100-mile rides along with a festival beside the Androscoggin River will bring in riders and runners from 32 states and Canada, including at least four pro riders.
“The cyclists in Maine, I wanted to do something challenging for them and unite these different groups. I am a huge fan of cycling,” Dempsey said in an interview with the Maine Outdoor Journal. “I’d like it to become quite an event. I have been talking to a lot of people who are big into cycling, and I’ll be continuing to work with them I also want to get a lot of feedback from the Maine cycling clubs and see what we can do to improve upon this.”
Dempsey also wants the event to become a symbol of good health; pointing out that bike-riding is a fantastic way to keep the pounds off. “It’s a great way to stay in shape,” he said. “There is a big problem with obesity. People should get on a bike, and exercise, get into group riding, the socializing aspect of it, and the spirit of the thing.”
To find out more about The Dempsey Challenge, hit the official site here.