Second annual ‘Run for ‘Dennis’

The second annual Run For Dennis 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for  March 16 at 10 a.m. to honor the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco, a victim of bladder cancer, according to Jessica Newson, race director and Pacheco’s daughter.

“Last year’s race raised more than $14,000 for bladder cancer advocacy and research,” Newson said. “And the need is even greater. There were 74,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed in 2012, up from 69,000 cases diagnosed in 2011.”

The run/walk will be chip timed and USA Track & Field certified. All proceeds of the race will go to Strong Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, Rochester, and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

Prizes will be awarded to winners in all age groups, including last place.

Pacheco is survived by his wife, Jane (Kleinbach) Pacheco; and children, Jessica (Robert) Newson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and Kristin (David) DeGroff of Royal Oak, Mich., 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 Street, is open at www.EZRaceReg.com.

The web site for the race is www.runfordennis.com.

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