It was also a great year for the Dempsey Challenge, with a record 4,294 registrants and over $1.1 million raised. This year Dempsey Challenge also featured 38 cyclists who rode from Canada as part of The Peloton Project, a documentary film that follows the lives of riders participating in the Cancervive Peloton Project . The group started Oct. 2 and biked 2,500 miles from Calgary, arriving Friday in Lewiston in time to participate in the Dempsey Challenge weekend. Dempsey is the executive producer of the documentary.
2012 Dempsey Challenge
The most emotional moment was the Saturday’s event, when with Tom we did the Survivors’ Walk. It began at 10 a.m., near the Trestle Bridge and ended in front of the stage near the center of the park.
Patrick about to send off the Survivor’sWalk
This procession was led by a marching band and Patrick Dempsey. We walked behind them together with about few hundreds people, cancer survivors and their families.
Tom ready to walk
It was short but pretty intense, it was great to see on both side of the pathway, supporters and volunteers clapping, cheering, ringing bells and offering congratulations. At the end of the walk, we all gathered in front of the stage where Dempsey gave a speech.
Clapping at the Dempseys
On Sunday it was cold and rainy but Dustin and Tom woke up super early and went off to conquer their 50 mile ride anyway! I know Dustin was really looking forward to do this very meaningful ride with his dad, to whom he is so close to. The two of them have definitely a special bond that has a lot to due to the fact that for the longest time it was just the two of them. Dustin’s fondest memories growing up are when he lived with his dad. The moment that shrink my heart whenever I think about it, is when Dustin left to go to College and here they were bawling their eyes out. Hmmm do you think I know where my hubby got his sensitive side from? Ha!
Dustin & Tom bikes in love
As Dustin said: “The best part of this challenge is that I get to spend 50 miles in the road with my Dad and raise money for the Dempsey Center which is for Cancer hope and healing. I’m not only doing this to be with him but also to raise money for the unfortunate disease that he is bravely fighting every day with a smile on his face, and that smile is no bigger than when he is looking back at me from his bike.”
Here they come
Tom send out an email last night to thank everyone that helped him raise money for this cause. He said:
Few photos that describe the day. While Laura and I were waiting for our boys we saw in the distance Patrick coming.
Patrick and his crew
He smiled and waved at us=)
Here he comes
Finally in the distance we spotted Dustin and Tom.
Dustin & Tom at mile 28
They were cold and wet. Their feet was so frozen that they tried to warm them up with the hit of the car. And off they were to tackle 25 more miles!
Off they go!
They didn’t stop and finished strong! We were so proud of them!
Crossing the Finish
54 Miles later our boys were hungry but happy!
Dustin at the finish
Tom at the Finish
Always need for a hug
Father and Son
At the end there were offering a full Maine Lobster meal with ice cream and beer for all the bikers!
Well deserved Reward
Let’s cheer on a great accomplishment!
Needless to say that next year I definitely want to be part of this event and raise money for this incredible cause. I love Dustin’s idea of creating a “Tom Team” (we will come up with a cooler name) and create T-shirts for the team!
Tom’s survivor Medal