A Bowdoin team of 15 mostly staff and students participated in the 5th annual Dempsey Challenge this year. All together, the team raised $7,360, which will support the The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston, Maine.
Event organizers said that the total raised over the two-day event will surpass $1 million. Roughly 2,400 people took part in the 5K and 10K walk/run on Saturday morning and another 1,100 were registered to cycle routes around Western Maine on Sunday, according to the Sun Journal.
The Dempsey Center provides free support, education and integrative medicine services to anyone impacted by cancer. Patrick Dempsey, a Maine native and 2013 Bowdoin honorand, founded the center in 2008 after his mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Mark Leaman, Bowdoin webmaster, raised the highest amount of any Bowdoin participant, $3,715. He cycled in the 100-mile ride Sunday in memory of his son’s mother, Ginger Putnam, who passed away from breast cancer on Sept. 26. He also wants to honor his brave son “who stood by his mom during her final fight.”
He said, “[Ginger] was a strong fighter and wanted to see me cross the finish line on this ride, which I had dedicated to her ongoing battle.”