Run for Dennis draws more than 250 participants

More than 250 runners have registered for the third annual Run For Dennis.

The 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for 10 a.m., March 15 to honor the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco, a victim of bladder cancer at age 51, said Jessica Newson, race director and Pacheco’s daughter.

“There are less than three weeks before the race,” Newson said. “We strongly encourage anyone who’s 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.

“This run/walk will be chip timed and USA Track & Field 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 — 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,” Newson said.

“Throughout his three-year fight, Dennis was very proactive in researching bladder cancer trials and treatment,” Newson said. “He was adamant that more could be done to help eradicate this disease. We’re continuing his fight.”

Registration for the race, which begins and ends at Gibby’s Pub on Lake Street, is $25 now and $30 on race day, Newson said. Registration is open at The website for the race is and the event is also on Facebook® at

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


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