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Television doctor Patrick Dempsey of Grey’s Anatomy has announced plans to hold a charity bike ride in 2009.

“The Dempsey Challenge: A Journey for Hope” will take place on October 3 and 4, 2009, and will consist of a 100-mile bike trek and a 5 kilometer fun walk/run.

“I’ve never done 100 miles in a single day,” said Dempsey. “I wanted to do something that is true to me. It’s promoting health and taking care of your body.”

Dempsey also plans to invite Lance Armstrong to take part.

“We will extend an invitation to him and hopefully he’ll come,” he said. “He’s done a lot for cycling and cancer, so it would be a wonderful thing to have him there.”

Proceeds from the event will go to the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, an integral part of cancer care at The Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center and affiliated cancer clinics at Bridgton and Rumford hospitals. Located on the CMMC campus, the Dempsey Center was established by the actor earlier in 2008.

The event will take place in Maine, and more information can be found at the Dempsey Center website.

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