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Dempsey Challenge 2023

September 23, 2023

Each September, thousands of people break out their inner athletes to help make life better for people impacted by cancer by raising funds for the Dempsey Center through the Dempsey Challenge. 100% of funds raised by Challenge participants helps provide personalized, holistic services AT NO COST to cancer patients, their loved ones, and care partners.


The Dempsey Challenge presented by Karyopharm is an annual run/walk/ride experience to benefit the Dempsey Center. With two physical Centers in Lewiston and South Portland, Maine, and our third, virtual Center—Dempsey Connects, which launched in 2020—our specially-trained team of experts provides curated, holistic care to people impacted by cancer in Maine and beyond. Founded by actor Patrick Dempsey in 2009, this flagship fundraising event has raised over $18 million for the Dempsey Center since its inception, with 100% of all funds raised going directly to client care. Participate in-person or virtually in any way you choose. Join our global community as we support people impacted by cancer.


We’ve taken the Dempsey Challenge of the past and combined it into one day of inspiration, participation and celebration as we rally together to make life better for people impacted by cancer. On Saturday, September 23rd, you’ll choose to participate in a 5K run/walk, a 10-, 25-, 50- or 65-mile metric century cycling event or a brand new 25-mile event –our take on a duathlon– that will challenge you to run 4.5 miles AND ride 21.5 miles to the finish line at the Festival in the Park!

In the afternoon, we’ll come together to honor cancer survivors with the 15th Annual Survivor Walk, recognize the 2023 Amanda Dempsey Award winner and close out the day as we celebrate the top fundraisers at the Fundraising Award ceremony.

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