'McDreamy' in Maine for Dempsey Challenge, Tips Cap to Bowdoin

Story posted October 02, 2010


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Patrick Dempsey, who plays neurosurgeon and Bowdoin grad Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy, poses with a Bowdoin cap during an Oct. 2, 2010, public appearance in Freeport.

Actor and native Mainer Patrick Dempsey, whose character Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd occasionally sports a Bowdoin T-shirt on the hit ABC show Grey's Anatomy, is back home this weekend.

He's hosting The Dempsey Challenge, an annual run/walk and cycling fundraiser in Lewiston/Auburn benefitting The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center.

During a public appearance at L.L. Bean in Freeport, Dempsey was presented a hat from his character's alma mater and graciously posed for a photo.

Dempsey says he's thrilled to have had the opportunity to wear a Bowdoin T-shirt a few times on the show.

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The good doctor has three times worn a Bowdoin tee, most recently on the March 31, 2010, episode ("Sympathy for the Parents").

The Bowdoin-Grey's Anatomy connection is the culmination of a two-year campaign to adopt Dr. Shepherd as a Bowdoin grad.

It was conceived and spearheaded by Cole Harris '78, who approached the College about the idea in the fall of 2006.

A petition signed by more than 450 students and other members of the Bowdoin community was delivered to the show's producers in early 2007.

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