‘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 [email protected].

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