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McDreamy Gets Dreamier (Believe It!) for Cancer Hope and Healing

Written on October 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm , by

Run/ride like Patrick Dempsey is waiting at the finish line. Oh wait, he is! (Photo credit: Patrick McCarthy)

Known for making scrubs look sexy with ease is none other than McDreamy, and now Patrick Dempsey has fit gals like us weak in the knees by getting his sweat on in bike shorts. Why? Not that we really need a reason, but it’s for a good cause. So yes, he’s good-looking, talented, in incredible shape and philanthropic. (Insert extra swoon here.)

Clearly, biking has become more than just a joy ride for this star. It’s become a passion and family affair with his wife and three kids, plus a way to raise funds for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. “I’m not a big fan of running—I really love cycling and the sense that you can go somewhere,” he recently dished, while reminiscing about pedaling around as a kid, the only way for him to get from point A to B at a young age. “Growing up in the country, it was a form of escape and freedom.”

On October 12 and 13, runners, walkers and riders—including Dempsey—will come together for the fifth-annual Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston, Maine to support his center. Founded in 2008 after the actor’s mother battled three bouts of ovarian cancer, the safe haven provides free support, education and integrative medicine services for those impacted by cancer. “The last four years, we’ve raised over a million dollars in the event. It’s incredible,” Dempsey says. “It’s amazing the amount of support and commitment people have to the challenge. We’re going to have fun things around, like food trucks and entertainment, to celebrate. Plus, everyone gets lobster and beer at the end!”

Between his time on the big screen, a little show called Grey’s Anatomy and now the race track—he clearly has a need for speed—finding time to get his sweat on can be tough, the Clif Bar lover admits. (His fave flavors? Crunchy Peanut Butter and Blueberry Crisp.) “I try to balance it between going to the gym and getting a good core workout in. And then getting out on the bike for at least an hour, hour and half if I can, three or four times a week.” Hikes in the mountains surrounding Santa Monica and barefoot runs along the beach are also a part of his training. “I find that to be low impact on my body,” he says. “The sand helps stabilize your core!” Uh huh, drink in that image…

To learn more about this year’s challenge and their incredible partnerships—Dempsey raved about Positive Tracks, a New Hampshire-based non-profit that encourages the youth to get active and give back through charitable athletic efforts—be sure to head over to their website, ‘like’ their Facebook page and follow the event on Twitter.

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“Protect the Places We Play” with Clif Bar

Written on September 17, 2012 at 9:21 am , by

Does this motivate you to get outdoors? (Photo courtesy of CLif Bar)

By Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern

There’s a lot to love about the great outdoors – the fresh air, gorgeous scenery, and the chance to connect with something bigger than us.  Nature gives us a lot, and the more vulnerable our environment becomes, the more we need to give back. For the second year, CLIF® Bar is providing a way to do that.

The 2012 CLIF Bar Meet the Moment campaign is a unique way to share what you love about the outdoors while helping to protect it. At MeetheMoment.com, visitors can upload photos and descriptions of their favorite outdoor memories – whether it was a particular obstacle you overcame, a family adventure, or just a moment of Zen. Every time you post a moment, select from one of five charities to which CLIF Bar will donate $5 – up to $100,000 total.

That’s not all. Share or “Like” a moment on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest, and the company donates an additional $1. CLIF will choose the top moment from a list of the 25 most shared/liked by October 31, and an additional donation of $10,000 will be made in the winner’s name to the charity he or she chooses. The grand prize winner will also be treated to a year’s supply of CLIF Bars!

This year, the non-profits to benefit include the Access Fund, which focuses on conservation of climbing lands; the International Mountain Biking Association; Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, an outdoor ethics advocate; the Surfrider Foundation, dedicated to protecting oceans; and the Winter Wildlands Alliance, which works to protect “winter ecosystems” and encourage outdoor winter activities.

To date, the 2012 CLIF Bar Meet the Moment campaign has raised $14,601. There’s a long way to go until October 31, so start sharing your favorite moments and help protect the lands we love.