Ac­tor raises cash for good cause

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Af­ter hit­ting the red car­pet this month for the re­lease of his new movie, ac­tor Pa­trick Dempsey re­turned to his home state for a cancer fundraiser.

The Maine na­tive, who plays a star­ring role in the new ro­mance-com­edy, Brid­get Jones’s Baby, par­tic­i­pated at the week­end in a cancer sur­vivor walk with his three chil­dren and two sis­ters.

The bike-and-run Dempsey Chal­lenge raises money for The Dempsey Cen­tre. Dempsey and his sis­ters cre­ated the cen­tre in 2008 in part­ner­ship with the Cen­tral Maine Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Lewis­ton.

They were in­spired by their mother, Amanda, who died of cancer in 2014.

Dempsey said be­fore the event that he is in­spired by the Lewis­ton-Auburn com­mu­nity. Last year, the event drew nearly 4,000 par­tic­i­pants and raised $1.2 mil­lion.

“It’s what keeps us mo­ti­vated to keep work­ing year round to ex­pand and im­prove our ser­vices so we can help more peo­ple here in Maine and some­day around the coun­try,” he said. The event typ­i­cally draws other celebri­ties and sports fig­ures. The week­end’s par­tic­i­pants in­cluded NAS­CAR champ Bobby Labonte.

It’s been a busy pe­riod for Dempsey, who be­came widely known as Dr Derek ‘McDreamy’ Shep­herd on TV’s Grey’s Anatomy. Af­ter leav­ing the show, he went to Lon­don to film Brid­get Jones’s Baby.

And he said re­turn­ing to his home state helps to keep him grounded.

“It’s an ex­pe­ri­ence that never leaves you and one I find my­self con­nect­ing with and draw­ing from more and more as I raise my own chil­dren,” he said.

CHAR­ITY: Pa­trick Dempsey (far right) at the fundraiser

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