Third annual Run for Dennis set for March 15 in Oswego

The third annual Run For Dennis 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 15 in Oswego.

The event honors the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco, who died of bladder cancer at age 51, said 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,” she said.

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

Registration is open at EZRaceReg.com.

The website for the race is runfordennis.com and the event is also on Facebook at facebook.com/runfordennis.

Newson can be contacted at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

“This run/walk will be chip timed and USA Track & Field (USATF) certified,” Newson said.

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. Prizes will be awarded to winners in all age groups.

“Before learning he had cancer, Dennis was always quick to lend others a helping hand,” Newson said. “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 U.S.

“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,” Newson said.

Newson said her father enjoyed motorsports, woodworking, hunting and all types of music. He also coached soccer and baseball teams while his children were growing.

Dennis 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.

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 Newson at runfordennis11@gmail.com.

Sponsors lined up so far are Auyer Race Timing, Oswego; Top Stitch; Fleet Feet Sports, Syracuse; Chobani; Chirello Advertising; and RoadID.

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