Patrick and Amanda Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey's mother Amanda died Monday after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 79.
Amanda had been diagnosed with the cancer in 1997 and had fought off multiple occurrences of it since then. The Grey's Anatomy star and his sisters, Mary and Alicia, partnered with Central Maine Medical Center, where Amanda was treated, to establish The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston, Maine, six years ago.
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"The entire Central Maine Medical family mourns the passing of Amanda Dempsey," Peter Chalke, president and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare, said in a statement on the Dempsey Center website. "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."