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Actor Patrick Dempsey took to his bike on Sunday, October 4, to raise money for the hospital where his mother was treated for cancer.

As reported last year by Look To The Stars, “The Dempsey Challenge: A Journey for Hope” consisted 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.”

Proceeds from the event went 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 raised over $1 million for the Cancer Center, with over 3,500 people taking part.

“I learned a lot during my mother’s illness,” he said. “I found out how important it is to have access to good, reliable resources to help the patient, family members and caretakers… I knew that I wanted to make a difference.”

To find out more, visit the official website.

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