Amanda Dempsey was the inspiration for opening the Dempsey Center. Amanda’s legacy provides encouragement 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 realized 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 creation 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 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 at the Dempsey Center in Lewiston was dedicated in her memory. The bright, plant-filled space is a reminder of her peaceful, quiet nature and love of gardening. Her spirit of giving back is honored through the Amanda Dempsey Award. Presented by Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer – the award is given 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 wellness and caring.
The Dempsey Center is committed to making life better for people managing the impact of cancer by creating a haven of support for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and their families.