Here’s why actor Patrick Dempsey biked 50 miles in Maine Sunday

Patrick Dempsey, center, starts his bike ride at the Dempsey Challenge on on the final day of the two-day bike-and-run fundraiser Sunday in Lewiston, Maine.
Patrick Dempsey, center, starts his bike ride at the Dempsey Challenge on on the final day of the two-day bike-and-run fundraiser Sunday in Lewiston, Maine. –Andree Kehn / The Lewiston Sun-Journal via AP

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Actor Patrick Dempsey is saddling up for a 50-miler as the Dempsey Challenge wraps up.

Dempsey is best known as a doctor nicknamed McDreamy on TV’s Grey’s Anatomy. He is riding Sunday on the final day of the two-day bike-and-run fundraiser in Lewiston, Maine.

The event is a fundraiser for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at the Central Maine Medical Center. He and his sisters were inspired to help create the center in 2008 by their mother, who died from cancer last year.

Last year, 3,871 participants in the Dempsey Challenge raised $1.14 million.

Dempsey left Grey’s Anatomy earlier this year. In addition to racing, he’s filming the movie Bridget Jones’s Baby in London.

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