"The human touch is so healing, and when people come into the center, they’re greeted usually by cancer survivors themselves who already know what’s going on and are compassionate. I think that’s really important, and sometimes you don’t get that”
Patrick Dempsey’s experience of dealing with his mother’s illness while living in California led to the creation of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.
In 2007, the Dempsey Family approached Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with the idea of creating a local cancer support organization. Amanda had received cancer treatment at CMMC, and the family wished to not only help other families affected by cancer, but also give back to their local community.
The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing was founded in 2008 by Amanda’s children, Patrick, Mary and Alicia, in honor of Amanda, and in partnership with CMMC.
"Too often we understimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around"
Dr. Leo Buscaglia
The Dempsey Center offers:
Integrative medicine: massage, Reiki, yoga, Tai Chi, meditation
Mindfulness Meditation ongoing series
Toll-free cancer assistance line
Short-term therapeutic counseling services
Financial resource counseling
Nutrition for Life series
Community cancer-related health outreach and education
Professionally facilitated cancer and caregiver support groups
Educational workshops on a variety of cancer and wellness-related topics
The Healing Tree Children’s Program which offers support, education and wellness services for children, adolescents and families impacted by cancer.
Space to Breathe adolescent outdoor adventure program
Interactive website and social mediaA cancer resource Lending Library including books, periodicals and DVDs
Funds raised through the 2013 Dempsey Challenge will fund the expansion of our nutrition program; meet the growing demand for massage therapy services; help us develop a distance learning initiative to make our programs available anywhere; and allow us to continue to build our resources and lending library, the most extensive collection of comprehensive cancer and integrative medicine resources in Central Maine.
And as always, funds raised by Challenge participants keep all of our services available at no cost to anyone impacted by cancer.