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Grey's Anatomy star, Patrick Dempsey visited cancer patient, Addison Sewell at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.
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Grey's Anatomy star, Patrick Dempsey visited cancer patient, Addison Sewell at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.

Teen battling cancer swaps gifts with 'Grey's' star in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A teen cancer patient whose friends jokingly call her “the future Mrs. McDreamy” got to meet the actor who plays the dashing doctor on the ABC drama series “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Patrick Dempsey, who stars as Dr. Derek Shepherd, visited Addison Sewell, 14, for a half-hour Saturday afternoon at Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital where she has been undergoing treatments for leukemia.

“How’s it going?” Dempsey said as he walked into her room bearing a plastic bag filled with T-shirts, a checkered-flag handbag and other souvenirs from the Barber Motorsports Park, where he raced in Sunday’s KONI Challenge Series GS event.

Dempsey then asked a giggling and nearly speechless Addison if it was OK for him to sit on her bed.

“You’re talkative, aren’t you?” he later teased her.

Addison was diagnosed in April with acute myelogenous leukemia, a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow, three days after her 14th birthday. Dempsey’s visit came about with the help of Randy Stephens, Addison’s track coach at Mountain Brook Junior High School, and “team mom” Julia Holt, who stayed after the racetrack’s promoters.

When Dempsey found out about Addison and how much she loved “Grey’s Anatomy,” he made time to see her.

Addison, who has to undergo six months of chemotherapy treatments, gave him an orange plastic wristband that her friends wear to show their support.

It’s embossed with her name and the message, “Stay Strong.”

Dempsey said he’d wear it on the second episode of next season’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” and he invited her to come visit the cast on the set of the show when she gets better.

He also autographed a “McDreamy is watching over you” poster that a friend made for Addison who puts it on the wall above her bed every time she has to go back to the hospital.

Although Addison was a big “Grey’s Anatomy” fan before, she’s an even bigger one now.

“I just like all of the drama and stuff in the show and the music and everything — and him,” she said.

When asked what she likes most about McDreamy, Addison said, “His looks, I guess.”


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Information from: The Birmingham News

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