The Dempsey Center was founded by Patrick Dempsey in 2008 as a way to give back to the community where his mother, Amanda, first received cancer treatment. Their experiences led Patrick to set out on a new mission: make life better for people managing the impact of cancer. Through support groups, complementary therapies, workshops, classes, and counseling, the Dempsey Center is able to provide a wide range of services for cancer patients, survivors, care partners, and family members…all at no cost.

The Dempsey Challenge is the cornerstone fundraising event for the Center. Since it’s inception, our participants have raised over $16 million for our programs and services. This year, we are excited to host the 2021 Global Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen Oncology! We are getting back together with our Local Challengers in Lewiston, Maine to host our in-person event on September 25th and 26th and are continuing to provide a one-of-a-kind virtual experience for our Global Challengers wherever they are in the world!

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1) Design Product
Use the one of the Best Buddies in Texas campaign designs with your personal twist.

2) Product Selection

Use the Best Buddies in Texas product/price mix, or, if you are designing your own campaign, select the products you want to offer and the price points you want to use.

3) Promote & sell

Link your friends/family/teammates to your campaign page where they can view and buy your products. They can even leave an optional donation!

4) Products are shipped

When your campaign ends, products are printed and shipped directly to your buyers. If there’s ever a problem, Bonfire will make it right no matter what.

5) Profits go to the Best Buddies in Texas

The more you sell, the higher the profit margins will be!

Minimum Sales Needed to Print

Simply put: it’s the point when your products can be printed at a profit for the Dempsey Challenge.

On Bonfire, your minimum sales needed to print is usually a small number, often as low as 1. The number is determined after your design has been uploaded and is determined by the number of colors in the design, the selling prices in the campaign, and elements in the design.

Bonfire is Risk Free!

If you don’t reach your minimum sales needed to print, that means your shirts can’t be printed at a profit. In this case, your campaign simply ends. Your buyers won’t be charged and products won’t be printed and shipped. You can then go back and make changes to your campaign and re-launch whenever you’re ready to try again.

If your minimum sales needed to print is too high, there are several things you can do to lower it. Try reducing the number of colors in your design or leaving one side of your product blank. Raising your selling price will also help.

Bonfire is a 100% free way to sell apparel online. As a seller, you’ll never be charged a dime. 

When your campaign is successful, all of the profits go directly to the Dempsey Challenge. Here’s a breakdown of how much and where the rest of the money goes:

Base cost – Each product’s base cost pays for manufacturing, sourcing and printing expenses.

Shipping – For campaign orders, domestic shipping starts at $3.99 and international shipping starts at $9.99. Each product added to your cart from the same campaign increases your shipping cost. Costs stay flat at $11.49 domestic and $21.99 international for larger orders of 4 or more products from the same campaign.

Where do the profits go?


Last day to launch a campaign: September 6th

Last day to purchase a shirt in order to receive it for the event: September 7th

Last day of fundraising: September 27th

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Sit back as orders are printed and sent directly to your buyers.


100% of campaign profits and additional donations will be sent to the Dempsey Challenge!


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