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‘Run For Dennis’ Raises $15,000 For Bladder Cancer Research

OSWEGO – More than $15,000 was raised by more than 400 participants in the fourth annual Run for Dennis 5k Run/Walk, held on March 14, 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, and Jane Pacheco, co-director and Pacheco’s wife.

Runners are pictured during the 2014 race.

Runners are pictured during the 2014 race.

“This year’s event was our best yet, and is such a wonderful way to remember and celebrate my father’s life.  We hope that by raising awareness of bladder cancer, we can decrease the number of families affected by this terrible cancer.” Newson said.

“We have raised more than $50,000 over the past four years – which has been donated to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, The Charles and Mary Haney Cancer Giving Fund, and Strong Memorial Hospital Urologic Oncology department, Rochester, specifically Dr. Edward Messing,” Newson said.”

These organizations conduct research for, as well as give support to Bladder Cancer, and Oncology patients, both in the local CNY area, as well as nationally.

“This event would not have been possible without the generous and heartfelt support we received from so many individuals and sponsoring organizations, as well as our many amazing volunteers,” Newson said. “We would like to thank all who supported us both financially and with donated services, especially our friends at Entergy, who has been a Presenting Sponsor for our Race, and an enormous support each year!  Also, Gibby’s Irish Pub and Oswego County Federal Credit Union!”

Special thanks to the following as well: Auyer Race Timing, Associated Dental Arts of Oswego, Azteca, Broadway.com, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Burke’s Home Center, C’s Farm Market, Cestaro Chiropractic, Chirello Advertising, CNY Hematology Oncology, Connections Education, Eagle Beverage, Entergy, Fitzgibbons Agency, Fleet Feet of Syracuse, Frito Lay, GU energy gel, Hibernians of Oswego,  Kinney Drug, Lara Bar, Mitchell’s Speedway Press, National Grid, O’ Brien and Gere, Ontario Orchards, Price Chopper, Riverview Wellness, Road ID, The Press Box, Trinity Catholic School, Wiltsie Construction, Oswego Lions club, Top Stitch, DJ Plus, RJ Caruso, The Beacon Hotel, Oswego Bagelry and Sandwich shop, Bosco and Geers, Harbor Eye Associates, Murdock’s sports, Port City Chiropractic, Warner Physical Therapy, and Wegman’s.

The 2016 Run For Dennis is tentatively scheduled for March 12.

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

 

 

Fulton Jazz Fest Aug. 7-8 Returns With Headliners Joe Magnarelli/Akiko Tsuruga, Features E.S.P. & Melissa Gardiner, Nancy Kelly, Classified & More!

Syracuse native and jazz trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, with his wife, Akiko Tsuruga “Queen of the Organ,” headline the 2015 Fulton Jazz Fest, 5-11:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 4 – 11 p.m. Aug. 8, it was announced by co-chairs Joe Cortini and Bill Hubel.

The event is on the shores of Lake Neahtahwanta, behind the Fulton War Memorial on Route 3 and admission is free.

Fulton Jazz Fest Headliner Joe Magnarelli

Fulton Jazz Fest Headliner Joe Magnarelli

“It’s extremely exciting to have both Joe Magnarelli and Akiko Tsuruga headline together,” Cortini said. “They have toured the world and are icons on both the New York and International jazz scenes. This is a true bop meets B3 matchup that will be over the top! ”

The festival kicks off this year with Happy Hour from 5-6:00 pm on Friday, when vocalist Nancy Kelly will take the Fulton Savings Bank stage. Kelly has been a prominent figure in the success of the event, performing at two past Fulton Jazz fests.

Fulton Jazz Fest Headliner Akiko Tsuruga, "Queen" of the Hammond B3 Organ

Fulton Jazz Fest Headliner Akiko Tsuruga, “Queen” of the Hammond B3 Organ

Following Happy Hour, The Longwood Jazz Project will play from 6:30-8:00 pm. Back by popular demand is Classified, featuring high energy brass, keyboards and vocals from 8:30-11:00 pm, Cortini said. “Classified shares its roots with classic brass groups Eric & the Chessmen and Ascension from the 60s and 70s.”

The fun continues on Saturday at 4:00 with E.S.P. featuring Melissa Gardiner, “Rising Star of Trombone.” According to their website, “E.S.P. gives yesterday’s bebop a tasteful modern touch by blending their traditional jazz roots with great improvisation.” Gardiner, featured in the Feb. 2015 issue of International Musician, is a jazz trombone instructor at Cornell and Syracuse University. She performs regularly with her jazz organ trio and has released the album, Transitions. Joe Magnarelli and Akiko Tsuruga will follow E.S.P. at 6:00. Rounding out the evening will be a performance by the mass brass of Atlas, a Fulton Jazz Fest favorite, from 8:00-11pm.

Melissa Gardiner, "Rising Star of the Trombone" will perform with E.S.P.

Melissa Gardiner, “Rising Star of the Trombone” will perform with E.S.P.

 

Headliner Joe Magnarelli, (a.k.a. “Mags”), has built a huge body of work as both a leader and a sideman with some of the world’s greatest bands. According to his website, (joemagnarelli.com), he toured and recorded with Lionel Hampton, Jack McDuff, Toshiko Akioshi, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr., John Pizzarelli, Aretha Franklin, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Williams, Michael Feinstein, The Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center orchestras, and many more. He has nine records out as a leader, and in 1990, he was a semifinalist at the Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition in Washington, DC. He is currently an adjunct professor of music at the Julliard School of Music and Rutgers University.

The Longwood Jazz Project returns this year, as well as Classified and Atlas.

The Longwood Jazz Project returns this year, as well as Classified and Atlas.

 

Akiko Tsuruga, according to akikotsuruga.com, began playing the organ at age three and is a graduate of Japan’s Osaka College of Music. Lou Donaldson proclaimed her “Queen of the Organ.” She established herself in the NYC mecca of jazz since she arrived there in 2001 and has played regularly with Donaldson’s quartet in both the U.S. and Europe. She has headlined at the Blue Note, Smalls, the Green Mill in Chicago, Yoshi’s in Oakland CA, and Pine Grill Reunion in Buffalo. She has released five albums in Japan in ad four in the U.S. Both of her first two U.S. releases, “Sweet and Funky,” and “Oriental Express,” have ranked within the top 20 on national jazz radio charts. Upon releasing her new album, “Commencement,” she changed her name to simply AKIKO.

 

Gates open at 4 p.m. and admission is free, made possible through sponsorship from local businesses, including Stage Sponsor Fulton Savings Bank and major sponsors Chirello Advertising, Davis-Standard, Mimi’s Drive-In, Oswego Health, SUNY Oswego/SBDC, Community Bank and PathFinder Bank. The festival has also received promotional support from the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the Oswego County Dept. of Tourism.1119 Jazz Logo_cmyk

 

Additional sponsors include: Huhtamaki, Key Bank, Foster Funeral Home, Fulton Music Association, Eastern Shore Associates, Fulton Community Development, Burritt Motors, Price Chopper, Riccelli Northern, Pinnacle Dental Group, PC, DK Manufacturing, Fulton Sunrise Rotary, Critical-Vac Filtration Corp., Longley Bros., Inc., Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies, Sorbello & Sons, Inc., Ellen Ladd, EA, Tax & Financial Services, Canalview Travel Service, Inc., Oswego County Ambulance & Hearse Service, Inc., Realty USA-Linda Caster, Sandy Farrands & Sue Fiorini, Staff of Oswego Heritage FCU, Hudson’s Dairy, Fulton Medicine Place, and Universal Metal Works.

A variety of refreshments will be sold, and beer and wine is available to purchase with valid ID at the Blue Moon Grill stand, as well as Blue Moon’s New Orleans Cajun Cuisine.

Please bring your lawn chairs or blankets, but leave your coolers and pets at home, Hubel said. For more information, find them on Facebook under “Fulton Jazz Festival”

 

300+ Registered For March 14 ‘Run For Dennis’ 5K Run/Walk

More than 300 people have registered for the fourth annual Run For Dennis 5k Run/Walk, said Jessica Newson, race director.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 14 to honor the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco (5/28/59-3/17/11), a victim of bladder cancer.

The fourth annual Run For Dennis 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., March 14 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 three races raised more than $36,000 for bladder cancer research. Above, runners from the 2012 run tackle the 5k course. Registration for the race, which begins and ends at Gibby’s Pub on Lake St., is $25 per person, 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.

The fourth annual Run For Dennis 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for March 14 to honor the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco, a victim of bladder cancer. The first three races raised more than $36,000 for bladder cancer research. Pictured are runners from the 2012 event.

“We are all excited by the strong surge of registrations we’ve received as race day approaches,” Newson said. “But there is still time to take part in what has become one of the most fun, 5K run/walks in Central New York.”

Registration for the race, which begins and ends at Gibby’s Pub on Lake Street, is $25 per person and $30 on race day, Newson said.

The deadline for the Virtual Run was Feb 13.

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,” Newson said. “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: Entergy, Oswego County Federal Credit Union, O’Brien and Gere, Oswego Lions Club, CNY Hematology Oncology, Burke’s Home Center, Harbor Eye Associates, Jim and Phyllis Allen, Port City Chiropractic, Warner Physical Therapy, C’s Farm Market, Riverview Wellness, Cestaro Chiropractic, RJ Caruso Accounting, The Beacon Hotel, Bosco and Geers, Oswego Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Press Box, Trinity Catholic School, Wegman’s , Price Chopper, GU, Road ID, Greek Peak, Lara Bar, Hollywood.com, Mitchell’s Speedway Press, Steve Chirello Advertising, Eagle Beverage, DJ Plus, Gibby’s Irish Pub, Auyer Race Timing, Top Stitch, Fleet Feet and Ontario Orchards.

‘Run for Dennis’ Raises $10,000 For Bladder Cancer Research

“Over $10,000 was raised by more than 450 participants in the third annual Run For Dennis 5k Run/Walk, held on 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.

“Over $10,000 was raised by more than 450 participants in the third annual Run For Dennis 5k Run/Walk, held on 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 event was a tremendous success and a wonderful day to remember my Dad,” Newson said. “We have raised a total of $36,000 over the past three years and have donated it to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, the Oncology unit at Oswego Hospital, and Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.” The 2015 Run For Dennis is tentatively scheduled for Sat. March 14. For further information, contact Newson at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

“Over $10,000 was raised by more than 450 participants in the third annual Run For Dennis 5k Run/Walk, held on 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 event was a tremendous success and a wonderful day to remember my Dad,” Newson said. “We have raised a total of $36,000 over the past three years and have donated it to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, the Oncology unit at Oswego Hospital, and Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.” The 2015 Run For Dennis is tentatively scheduled for Sat. March 14. For further information, contact Newson at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

“The event was a tremendous success and a wonderful day to remember my Dad,” Newson said. “We have raised a total of $36,000 over the past three years and have donated it to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, the Oncology unit at Oswego Hospital, and 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, Cestaro Chiropractic, Chirello Advertising, Eagle Beverage, Entergy, Fitzgibbons Agency, Fleet Feet of Syracuse, Gibby’s Irish Pub, GU energy gel, 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, Riverview Wellness, Road ID, Sugar-Scanlon Funeral Home, The Press Box, The sunset Group-Oswego Triathlon, Trinity Catholic School, I Heart Oswego, Wiltsie Construction, Oswego Lions club, Top Stitch, DJ Plus, RJ Caruso, The Beacon Hotel, Oswego Bagelry and Sandwich shop, Bosco and Geers, Harbor Eye Associates, Murdock’s sports, Port City Chiropractic, Warner Physical Therapy, Wegman’s, WSYR NewsChannel 9’s Bridge Street, Time Warner Cable News, Jim and Phyllis Allen, Chip and Karen Kio, Bob and Kristen Lenz, and James and Darlene Tynan.”

The 2015 Run For Dennis is tentatively scheduled for Sat. March 14. For further information, contact Newson at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

 

 

More Than 250 Registered For March 15 ‘Run For Dennis’

More than 250 runners have registered for 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.

“There are less than three weeks before the race,” Newson said. “We strongly encourage anyone whose interested in walking or running the 5k to register as soon as possible.

“The first two years of the race raised more than $26,000 for bladder cancer advocacy and research. 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.

More than 250 runners have registered for 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, above, (5/28/59-3/17/11), a victim of bladder cancer, it was announced by Jessica Newson, race director and Pacheco’s daughter. 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.

More than 250 runners have registered for 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, above, (5/28/59-3/17/11), a victim of bladder cancer, it was announced by Jessica Newson, race director and Pacheco’s daughter. 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.

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; Wiltsie Construction, The Beacon Hotel, The Fitzgibbons Agency, Oswego County Federal Credit Union; Cestaro Chiropractic; Eagle Beverage; Riverview Wellness; TJ Burke Lumber Co.; C’s Farms; RJ Caruso Accounting; Warner Physical Therapy; Port City Chiropractic; Wegman’s; Price Chopper; GU; and RoadID.

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.

Fulton Lions Ring The Bell For Salvation Army

Members of the Fulton Lions Club rang the bell for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign at Fulton’s Price Chopper Supermarket from 10 a.m. to 8:00p.m. Sat., Nov. 24, said coordinator Robert Weston, Fulton Lions past president. Fulton Lions Kevin and Deana Michaels are shown above. The Fulton club is one of the largest and most active in their district. Lions clubs are committed to sight and hearing preservation. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

Fulton Lions Club Past President Leo Chirello rings the bell for the Salvation Army last Saturday at Price Chopper in Fulton.

Price Chopper Helping United Way Do What Matters

Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, meets with Oswego Price Chopper co-manager, Julie Partridge, Tammy LaMay and Joann McQuiad to discuss Price Chopper’s Do What Matters promotion.

Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, meets with Oswego Price Chopper co-manager, Julie Partridge, Tammy LaMay and Joann McQuiad to discuss Price Chopper’s Do What Matters promotion.

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
OSWEGO, NY – Price Chopper stores throughout New York State are inviting its customers to help their local United Way do what matters to improve people’s lives. Now through Aug. 31, Price Chopper customers have the opportunity to purchase United Way pinups for $1. Price Chopper will match the purchase price of each pin-up and all dollars raised in local stores will go back to their local community.

“We are happy to be receiving this support from Price Chopper,” said Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber. “The funds raised through their pinup promotion will help get our annual campaign closer to its goal.”

The United Way’s Annual Campaign, which serves as the organizations primary fundraiser, officially gets under way Sept. 14 with a campaign kickoff breakfast at the American Foundry in Oswego. The campaign raises funds to support the many human services programs that the United Way and its member agencies provide for those who live in Oswego County.

Price Chopper Helps OCO Send A Kid To Camp

OSWEGO, NY – As part of its Community Outreach Program, Price Chopper of Oswego recently held a fundraiser to benefit Oswego County Opportunities’ “Send a Kid to Camp” campaign.

Price Chopper Helps OCO Send A Kid To Camp

Price Chopper Helps OCO Send A Kid To Camp

“Send a Kid to Camp” provides youth with a memorable experience as participants in OCO’s Youth & Family Services come together to share an overnight camping adventure at Camp Hollis.

Receiving the check from Tammy Lamay (right), Price Chopper front end shift supervisor is OCO Youth and Family Services program manager Tina Sherman.

For more information on OCO’s “Send a Kid to Camp” campaign call Sherman at 315-342-7532.

Oswego Police Take Suspect Into Custody Following Standoff

OSWEGO, NY – At approximately 8:42 a.m. today (March 19), Oswego City Police responded to a report of a 55-year-old man, possibly armed with a handgun and suicidal, in the area of 101 State Route 104 East.

Responding officers located a witness and developed further information which led to the location of the suspect’s vehicle, in the Price Chopper parking lot.

The vehicle was occupied by the suspect, who refused verbal commands from officers.

Oswego City Police, assisted by the New York State Police and Price Chopper staff, closed down the parking lot and directed Price Chopper patrons to remain inside the store while the situation was remediated.

The suspect continued to refuse verbal commands and attempts at negotiation.

Credible information developed by responding officers led police to believe the suspect was in possession of a weapon and that he was possibly a danger to himself or others.

Acting on that information, police forcibly broke a window to the vehicle, deployed a Taser and subsequently subdued the suspect, successfully taking him into custody.

A handgun was recovered from within the vehicle.

The suspect was arrested under section 9.41 of the Mental Health Law, and transported by the Oswego City Fire Department to Oswego Hospital for evaluation.

Oswego City Police Chief Michael J. Dehm Jr. stated, “I am extremely pleased and grateful to all of my responding personnel, as well as the New York State Police and Price Chopper staff, for their exceptional handling of this incident, which was extremely volatile and could have ended tragically.”

OCO Creates Human Pink Ribbon

FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership wrapped up its Breast Cancer Awareness month activities by creating the first-ever human pink ribbon in Oswego County.

Nearly 100 community members gathered in the parking lot of the Fulton Price Chopper, dressed in pink, to raise awareness of breast cancer. The group formed a human pink ribbon in recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Nearly 100 community members gathered in the parking lot of the Fulton Price Chopper, dressed in pink, to raise awareness of breast cancer. The group formed a human pink ribbon in recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Approximately 100 people, dressed in pink, gathered in the parking lot of the Fulton Price Chopper to form the breast cancer awareness ribbon.

“It was great,” said Coordinator of OCO’s CSPP, Carolyn Handville. “We were very pleased with the turnout and excited to have accomplished our goals, to raise awareness of breast cancer, form the first human pink ribbon and more importantly, sign up those women that were eligible for their free mammograms.”

Throughout the month of October the CSPP was busy spreading the word about the free mammograms and other cancer screenings that the program offers to uninsured and under-insured Oswego County residents.

“We partnered with hair salons and provided them with aprons and free gifts for their clients, we visited several salons as well as Price Chopper stores in Fulton and Oswego to distribute information and register woman for their free cancer screenings. We even offered free massages on National Mammography Day at our imaging departments in Oswego County,” added Handville.

With all of the extra promotions in October, Handville said that she wondered, “Is the community sick of hearing about our program? Is there too much pink? But I realized that there isn’t enough pink when every 69 seconds somewhere in the world a woman dies of breast cancer. There isn’t enough pink when almost 500,000 women and men die of this disease every year. There isn’t enough pink when women everywhere are too afraid or ashamed to get screened or do not have the money to pay for it and are not sure where to turn for help.”

According to the American Cancer Society, 13 Oswego County residents are diagnosed with cancer weekly.

Handville stated, “How many of those people are uninsured? Do they know that the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County offers free cancer screenings to uninsured community members 40 years of age and older?”

Representatives from Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership were on hand to greet community members participating in the forming of the first-ever human pink ribbon in Oswego County and to distribute information about the free mammograms and other cancer screenings the program offers. From left are: Carol Carter, volunteer; coordinator of OCO’s CSPP, Carolyn Handville and Katie Batchelor.

Representatives from Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership were on hand to greet community members participating in the forming of the first-ever human pink ribbon in Oswego County and to distribute information about the free mammograms and other cancer screenings the program offers. From left are: Carol Carter, volunteer; coordinator of OCO’s CSPP, Carolyn Handville and Katie Batchelor.

According to Handville, OCO’s CSPP enrolled 45 new clients into the program and provided breast, cervical, and/or colorectal cancer screenings to more than 70 people last month alone.

“It was a very successful October and we would not have been able to do it if it wasn’t for the support we received from our community partners, Price Chopper, the 15 Oswego County hair salons who participated and our provider offices,” she said.

Although Breast Cancer Awareness Month has passed, the partnership continues providing services.

“We are currently booking dates for November and December and our partnership will be adding more screening days to accommodate our uninsured and under-insured community members throughout 2011,” Handville added.

For more information on the many cancer screenings available from the CSPP, or to make an appointment, contact Katie Batchelor at 342-0888 ext. 1454.

OCO is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966 and touches the lives of more than 20,000 people annually.

It is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency.

For more information, visit www.oco.org

OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership consists of 21 provider offices throughout the county.

The partnership works diligently together providing quality breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings to our uninsured community members.

To learn more about the partnership, call 315-342-0888 ext 1455.

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