LEWISTON — This year’s Dempsey Challenge is set for Sept. 25 and 26, and sees the introduction of the event’s first, global challenge.

Presented by Amgen Oncology and founded by Patrick Dempsey, the Dempsey Challenge is the primary fundraising event for the Dempsey Center. Since its inception in 2009, the event has raised more than $16 million for the center, with 100% of donations supporting its programs and services.

The Dempsey Center helps make life better for people impacted by cancer by providing a haven of support to cancer patients, their loved ones, and care partners — all at no cost.

Registration for Dempsey Challenge 2021 opened April 8. The challenge is to offer a local in-person event in Lewiston, with an emphasis on implementing industry-leading COVID-19 safety protocols. A global option will allow participants to complete the challenge wherever they are in the world.

The weekend’s activities will include run, walk, and ride events. On Saturday, Sept 25, participants will complete the 5K/10K run and walk. Sunday, Sept. 26 will see riders take on one of the 25-, 50-, 65-, and 100-mile rides.

This year’s goal will be to raise $1.5 million that will go directly to providing services to people impacted by cancer.

For more information, visit dempseychallenge.org.

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