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Third Annual ‘Run For Dennis’ 5K Run/Walk Slated For March 15

The third annual Run For Dennis 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., March 15 to honor the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco (5/28/59-3/17/11), a victim of bladder cancer, it was announced by Jessica Newson, race director and Pacheco’s daughter.

“The first two years of the race raised more than $26,000 for bladder cancer advocacy and research,” Newson said. “And the need is even greater. There were 72,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed in 2013. Bladder cancer is the most expensive cancer to treat on a per patient basis, and no new treatments have been developed in the last 20 years due to lack of funding for research.

The third annual Run For Dennis 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., March 15 to honor the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco (5/28/59-3/17/11), a victim of bladder cancer, it was announced by Jessica Newson, race director and Pacheco’s daughter. The first two races raised more than $26,000 for bladder cancer research. Above, runners from the first year’s run tackle the 5k course. Registration for the race, which begins and ends at Gibby’s Pub on Lake St., is $20 per person by Feb. 21,  $25 after that date, and $30 on race day, Newson said. Registration is open at www.EZRaceReg.com. The website for the race is www.runfordennis.com and the event is also on Facebook® at www.facebook.com/runfordennis. Newson can be contacted at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

The third annual Run For Dennis 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., March 15 to honor the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco (5/28/59-3/17/11), a victim of bladder cancer, it was announced by Jessica Newson, race director and Pacheco’s daughter. The first two races raised more than $26,000 for bladder cancer research. Above, runners from the first year’s run tackle the 5k course. Registration for the race, which begins and ends at Gibby’s Pub on Lake St., is $20 per person by Feb. 21, $25 after that date, and $30 on race day, Newson said. Registration is open at www.EZRaceReg.com. The website for the race is www.runfordennis.com and the event is also on Facebook® at www.facebook.com/runfordennis. Newson can be contacted at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

“This run/walk will be chip timed and USA Track & Field (USATF) certified,” Proceeds from the race will benefit The Charles and Mary Haney Fund at Oswego Hospital (which assists cancer patients with medical expenses), Strong Memorial Hospital Urologic Oncology, Rochester, and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN). Prizes will be awarded to winners in all age groups—including last place!

“Before learning he had cancer, Dennis was always quick to lend others a helping hand. We would like to honor his giving ways by helping to continue the fight against bladder cancer, the fourth most common type of cancer among men in the US.

“Throughout his three year fight, Dennis was very proactive in researching bladder cancer trials and treatment. He was adamant that more could be done to help eradicate this disease. We’re continuing his fight. On behalf of Dennis and my family, we’re asking folks to support this race to ensure that a cure can be found for bladder cancer, so that other families get to enjoy their loved ones for years to come. The wonderful response we had last year in runners and support was overwhelming and incredibly touching to my family and me.

“Dennis worked hard and played hard. He was an avid motorcyclist and enjoyed motorsports, hunting, construction, woodworking and playing harmonica. He appreciated all types of music, but especially enjoyed the blues and was known to do an impromptu Elvis impersonation on many occasions.

“He enjoyed coaching soccer and baseball teams as his children grew. When he wasn’t coaching his kids, he was their greatest fan. Dennis frequently said that he was blessed with a wonderful life, surrounded by many friends and                                                                                          a loving family—the center of his world. He was an extremely proud husband, father and grandfather.”

Pacheco is survived by his wife, Jane (Kleinbach) Pacheco; and children, Jessica (Robert) Newson of Saratoga Springs, NY, and Kristin (David) DeGroff of

Royal Oak, MI, Nathaniel Pacheco of Oswego; daughter-friend, Jennifer Cushman of Fredericksburg, VA; and grandchildren, Cole and Allison Newson.

Registration for the race, which begins and ends at Gibby’s Pub on Lake St., is $20 per person by Feb 21,  $25 after that date, and $30 on race day, Newson said. Registration is open at www.EZRaceReg.com. The website for the race is

www.runfordennis.com and the event is also on Facebook® at www.facebook.com/runfordennis. “Donations can be made to ‘Run For Dennis’ and sent to Oswego County Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 310, Oswego, NY 13126. Anyone who would like to sponsor or donate goods or services to the race can contact me at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

Sponsors, to-date, are:  Auyer Race Timing, Oswego; Top Stitch; Fleet Feet Sports, Syracuse; Chobani; Chirello Advertising; and RoadID.

‘Run For Dennis’ Raises $12,000 For Bladder Cancer Research

More than  $12,000 was raised by the 550+ participants in the second annual Run For Dennis 5k Run/Walk, held March 16 to honor the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco (5/28/59-3/17/11), a victim of bladder cancer, it was announced by Jessica Newson, race director and Pacheco’s daughter.

Dennis Pacheco

Dennis Pacheco

“The event was a tremendous success and a wonderful day to remember my Dad,” Newson said. “The funds we raised will be donated to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, the oncology unit at Oswego Hospital, and the Urological Oncology Center at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. It’s another way we’re continuing my Dad’s fight to find a cure for Bladder cancer and give comfort to families who are dealing with it.

“This event would not have been possible without the generous and heartfelt support we received from so many individuals and sponsoring organizations.

“We would like to thank all who supported us both financially and with donated services: Auyer Race Timing, Associated Dental Arts of Oswego, Azteca, Burke’s Home Center, C’s Farms, Caruso Accounting, , Cestaro Chiropractic, Chirello Advertising, Eagle Beverage, Entergy, Fitzgibbons Agency, Fleet Feet of Syracuse, Frito Lay, Gibby’s Pub, GU, Hibernians of Oswego, Integrative Healing Spa, Kinney Drug, Mitchell’s Speedway Press, National Honor Society Chapter of Oswego High School, Ontario Orchards, Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Price chopper, Port City Café and Bakery, Riverview Wellness, Road ID, RRR Music, Taylor Graphics The Off Bridge Bagelry, The Press Box, The sunset Group-Oswego Triathlon, Trinity Catholic School, Uniforms, Etc., Warner Physical Therapy, Wegman’s, WSYR NewsChannel 9’s Bridge Street, The Beacon Hotel, Associated Dental Arts of Oswego, Burke’s Home Center, Canale’s, The Country Cabin, The Fulton Companies, Harbor Eye Associates, iHeartOswego, Steve King, Murdock’s Sports, The Press Box, river’s end book store,  and Wiltse Construction.”

The 2014 Run For Dennis is tentatively scheduled for March 15.

For further information, contact Newson at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

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