With new stories breaking every day with updates to our favorite fall shows, we have Grey’s on the brain. Season 10 begins in just over a month on September 26 with a 2 hour episode. (mmmmm. 2 hours!) Yesterday’s big news was the announcement that Sandra Oh will be leaving Seattle Grace at the end of this season.
When the news started to come out regarding Sandra’s departure it was all very, “Keep calm, Dempsey is not gone!”
We love him on Grey’s, but there is more to him to love beyond the McDreamy. A lot more.
This past weekend my friend Erin was at an event, and wearing a shirt that was designed as a fundraiser by our friend Lindsay. Lindsay is training to run the NYC Marathon to raise money for cancer research, and to raise awareness about melanoma. Our friend JJ has melanoma. When one of your best friends gets cancer there really isn’t a lot you can DO, and oh man do you really want to DO stuff. Lindsay is one of the most proactive people we know, so she channeled her love for running into a way to DO something about cancer.
This is how Team Bluebird was created. It’s fundraising, yes, but it’s also a place of hope and love. Over 270 people make up Team Bluebird: friends, family, coworkers, neighbors – all connected to JJ. All day, every day, messages of love and support fly out to JJ from the team. Inspirational notes, images of bluebirds (an especially symbolic image for her), and the occasional Zac Efron gif decorate the page.
So when Erin happened to run into Patrick Dempsey at her event over the weekend, and he happened to remark on her shirt, she told him all about Team Bluebird. And he listened. Cancer isn’t just something he knows from his day job as Dr. Derek Shepherd. It was 1997 when Patrick’s mom was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was successfully treated, but then the cancer returned twice before finally going into remission.
When a celebrity does something as simple as listen it’s pretty amazing, especially someone as busy as Patrick. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle every day, and some people are fighting battles for others. Having a celebrity we admire join the battle, even if it’s just for a photo-op, is uplifting.
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