Patrick Dempsey Visits Cancer Patient

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Addison Sewell's friends jokingly call her "the future Mrs. McDreamy."

This past weekend, the teenage Addison got to meet the real McDreamy - or at least the actor who plays him on Grey's Anatomy.

Patrick Dempsey - who stars as the hunky Dr. Derek Shepherd, or "McDreamy," as he is more affectionately known to many female fans - took a half-hour out of his Saturday afternoon to visit Addison at Birmingham's Children's Hospital, where she has been undergoing treatments for leukemia.

"How's it going?" Patrick Dempsey said as he entered Addison's room bearing a plastic bag filled with t-shirts, a handbag and other souvenirs from the Barber Motorsports Park, where the actor raced in Sunday's KONI Challenge Series GS event.

"Can I sit on your bed, is that all right?" Dempsey then asked a giggling and nearly speechless Addison, who fittingly happens to have the same name as Patrick's one-time on-screen wife (played by Kate Walsh).

"You're talkative, aren't you," he later teased.

In April, three days after her 14th birthday, Addison - or "Addie," as friends and family call her - was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

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 staff at Zoom Motorsports.

Patrick Dempsey Visits Cancer Patient

Once Patrick Dempsey found out about Addison and how much she loved Grey's Anatomy, he took the time to see her in spite of all of his other racing-related events.

"He could have easily said, 'I don't have time,' and we wouldn't have thought any less of him," Stephens said. "I don't think there's anything bigger that he could have done for anyone other than what he did for Addison."

Addison has to undergo six months of chemotherapy treatments, and she recently had to go back to Children's Hospital because of a bacterial infection brought on by her low white-blood count.

"[Patrick Dempsey] coming made a huge difference for her as far as getting ready to get better and take on this next treatment," Stephanie Sewell, Addison's mother, said. "It really did inspire her to try to do everything she can to get better."

Addison gave Dempsey an orange plastic wristband that all of her friends wear to show their support for her. It's embossed with her name and the message, "Stay Strong."

Dempsey will wear it on the second episode of Season Four of Grey's Anatomy, and invited her to come visit the set of the show when she gets better.

He also autographed a "McDreamy is watching over you" poster that a friend made for her. Addison puts it on the wall above her bed every time she has to go back to the hospital. It features a People magazine cover of Dempsey holding his twin baby boys, Darby and Sullivan.

Hanna Nall, Addison's best friend and a teammate on the Birmingham United 93 Angels girls soccer team, was there to get a photo taken with Dempsey, too.

Addison can't wait to tell the rest of her friends about her McDreamy visitor.

"I told a lot of them, but some of them are at camp," she said Monday. "I wrote them, but I don't know if they've gotten it yet."

Addison's father, Hill Sewell, posted pictures of Dempsey's visit on her CaringBridge Web site, where family and friends can go for updates on her condition and to send her messages.

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.

And what does she like most about McDreamy?

"His looks, I guess."

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


Update on Addison Sewell: I work with Addison's father and he sent an email today stating Addison is doing very well and is still in remission!!! For more news and info you can check out Addison's CaringBridge website. There is a link located in the article. Addison is a very lucky girl, in more than one way! She is in remission and she met McDreamy!


On the set of grey's anatomy season 4 : ---> Do you people see what I see? He's wearing the bracelet :)) !


thanks everyone for keeping her in your prayers shes one of my close friends and she was SHOCKED when she found this out. i also want to thank ms. joni for helping! this is such a huge thing for addi! we all love her and know she will stay strong!!!


What a nice thing to do!! My thoughts and Prayers are with you Addison, and as for Patrick that proves how McDreamy he really is!!


Yeah Patrick is awesome! I'm happy for Addison, and also jealous :p
BUT when is he going to wear that bracelet? In the first episode of season 4? It would be so sweet if he would wear it!!!


addison is great,I wish her all the best and of course to stay strong and get better soon :)
and patrick is AMAZING!!!i love him sooo much!
I'll definately watch for the orange bracelet too.


haha addison is incredible, and so is patrick dempsey..everyone in mtn. brook and places surronding are praying for her.


OH MY GOD. It was such a touching story to read about brave Addison. And she's lucky to have received a visit from Patrick. It was brilliant of him to devote some time to see her at the hospital. He's such a gentleman and I'm really proud of him for that. My thoughts are now with Addison and I hope she'll get better soon. Patrick really IS McDreamy. Definitely!


My prayers are with Addison
He realy is such a good person!


There are (2) great videos on youtube showing Patricks visit under Grey's Anatomy. He such an amazing person!


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.


Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)