According to News Center Maine, Patrick Dempsey led over 207 motorcycles in the First Annual Dempsey Center Benefit Ride on Saturday.

The police-escorted group rode to raise not just awareness, but money, to help support the Dempsey Center which provides programs and support to those affected by cancer.

The ride was co-sponsored by LA Harley Davidson and there was an after-ride bash at their place that featured music by the LA Harley band, drink , food and lots of shared stories amongst the bikers of their experience with cancer.

The Dempsey Center was founded in 2008 by Patrick Dempsey in honor of his late mother who battled cancer and eventually lost her fight. The center provides so much to the cancer community, not just to the person battling the disease, but also to the people who love them.

The next Dempsey Challenge Bike Ride is September 28-29th this year and it's not too soon to put together a team, sign up and begin fundraising. Get more information at dempseychallenge.org.