Amanda Dempsey

Amanda Dempsey was the inspiration for opening the Dempsey Center. Amanda’s legacy provides encouragement and hope to people all over the world — most of whom she never even met — as a profound example of the resiliency of the human spirit.

Amanda Dempsey was diagnosed with ovarian granulosa tumor cell cancer on August 19, 1997. Throughout her 12 recurrences over the next 17 years, Amanda was resolute in her mission to maintain a positive attitude, proactively fight her disease, and above all, have hope.

As Amanda’s cancer journey unfolded, her loved ones began to realize how much a cancer diagnosis impacts the entire family. Therefore, in 2007 Amanda’s son Patrick Dempsey, approached Central Maine Medical Center with the concept of creating a local cancer support center.

Since the inception of the Dempsey Center, Amanda had been like a mother to everyone who walked through the doors. She sewed with volunteers, talked to patients, and tidied up the handmade items and storage closet. She often brought in apples from her own trees, or homemade jam. And each year, Amanda led the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Survivor Walk at the Dempsey Challenge.

Amanda passed away on March 24, 2014, but her legacy lives on. Amanda’s Garden was dedicated in her memory at the Dempsey Center. The bright, plant-filled space is a constant reminder of her peaceful, quiet nature and love of gardening. Additionally, her spirit of giving back is honored through the Amanda Dempsey Survivor Award presented by Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer – awarded each year at the Dempsey Challenge to a cancer survivor who is dedicated to their community.

The Dempsey Center continues to be an important part of Amanda’s family’s journey —by giving back to others, sharing in strength and creating an environment of curing and caring.

The Dempsey Center provides free cancer support, education and wellness services to anyone impacted by cancer, regardless of where treatment is received, and had over 20,000 service contacts in person or by phone during 2015.