Patrick Dempsey’s mother Amanda reportedly passed away from ovarian cancer on Monday.
The 79-year-old had been fighting the disease since 1997, and inspired the Grey’s Anatomy star and his family to get educated about what Amanda was dealing with.
In honor of his mother’s brave battle against cancer, Patrick and his sisters Alicia and Mary partnered with the Central Maine Medical Center to found The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, reports People magazine.
“For a family to get a cancer diagnosis is devastating, and all the information out there can be overwhelming,” Patrick told reporters when the center officially opened. “I talked to my sister[s] about a place where people could go for all this type of information and help. Knowledge is power.”
The foundation has been going strong for six years now, and Patrick is very proud of all the progress made and people that have been helped. The Dempsey Center was designed to help provide medical help and assistance to anyone impacted by cancer, and over $5 million has been raised for the organisation so far in aid of those in need.
“Amanda Dempsey was both a great lady and a determined fighter who displayed tremendous courage, class and grace during her long battle with cancer … We will miss Amanda deeply, but we were all blessed by knowing her and being inspired by her life story,” Peter Chalke, President and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare, said in a press release.
There has so far been no comment from Patrick on his Twitter or from his official representative regarding his mother’s death.
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