Patrick suited up in his favorite spandex/helmet ensemble to do some biking over the weekend. We've been missing our McDreamy fix while Grey's is taking a break, but we're happy to report that Patrick is going to start helping save lives off screen, too. In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, he talks about his mother's difficult struggle with cancer and how it prompted him to team up with the support group "Breakaway from Cancer" to raise money to help those living with the disease. Here's more:
"Every thirty seconds someone is diagnosed with cancer," Dempsey recently told Access Hollywood's Billy Bush. "Every 30 seconds so that's scary. Tragically I think everyone [could] be touched by cancer at one point or another in their life."
"I can help because of the visibility that the show gives me that you can get an interview that maybe somebody else could not get so that you can get the word out there," he told Billy. "And, I think it's important to give back. Celebrity is ridiculous to begin with and I think you need to turn that into a positive and get away from the trappings of the other side of things."
We love that Patrick is using his celebrity status to help others instead of letting it go to his head. He obviously deserves his McDreamy status in real life, too.