Mary Dempsey is the sister of worldwide recognized Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey. Mary Dempsey, Patrick Dempsey's sister is the co-founder and assistant director of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston, in partnership with Central Maine Medical Center. The center was initiated following their mother’s ovarian cancer diagnosis.

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Mary Dempsey quick facts

Names: Mary Dempsey 

Sister to: Patrick Dempsey 

Mother: Amanda Dempsey 

Occupation: Assistant Director of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing  

Mary Dempsey’s journey of running The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing

Mary Dempsey’s mother Amanda Dempsey battled with ovarian cancer for 17 years during which cancer kept on recurring up to 17 times. It is then that Mary and her brother Patrick Dempsey thought of developing a local cancer support center to give families and patients hope even as they battled with the fatal illness. Mary and Patrick founded The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston, in conjunction with Central Maine Medical Center. Mary Dempsey, Patrick Dempsey's sister is the assistant director of the center.

Mary has been invited to the Senate

 U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine extended an invitation to Mary Dempsey, Patrick Dempsey's sister to speak on the need for emotional and community support for families and more so patients battling cancer. At the Senate, she talked about the unknown experiences families and patients go through and the need for a warm and caring center meant to give hope and one that is accessible to anyone. She reiterated that as much as doctors do a good job to try and treat the disease, it is the patients and their families that need more support. Mary also discussed the Patrick Dempsey Center in terms of the extensive resources that the center provides not only to cancer patients but also to their families. She talked about the center’s major source of external funding and also about the Dempsey Challenge. Mary also told the Senate about an annual community event that brings together thousands of families who either run or walk so as to raise money and awareness.

Mary Dempsey served as her mother’s primary caregiver

During the 17 years that Amanda Dempsey, Mary Dempsey’s battled with ovarian cancer, Mary was her number one caregiver being by her mother’s side full-time. Mary experienced all the pain and challenges her mother went through and the effect the disease had on them as a family while trying to come to terms with the changes a cancer diagnosis brings. Mary Dempsey, Patrick Dempsey's sister says she was always available when needed and how much it pained her to see her mother relapse. It was a difficult experience but she talks about her mom as being very strong hence strengthening her also even as she took care of her. Mary saw her mother fight to stay alive and beat the pangs of cancer and how on several occasions they chased down countless clinical trials to overcome cancer.

Mary has been advocating for increased funding for cancer research

As the years go by, Mary Dempsey, Patrick Dempsey's sister has been on the frontline sourcing for funds so as to enrich the lives of cancer patients as well as their families. Mostly, Mary advocates for more funds to be channeled towards cancer research as a means of finding a cure for the fatal disease. It is Mary’s heart's desire and greatest hope that someday cancer will be a thing of the past and no one would go through the untold pain that is associated with the disease.

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