On the 20th of October, over 300 participants and volunteers gathered at Oneida High School to take part in Jessica’s Heroes 5K Run/Walk to raise support and awareness of cancer.
The inaugural year of the certified 5K Run/Walk far exceeded initial event participation expectations. “We were planning for 150 participants for the first year and ended up with over 300 total registrations,” said Terri Welcher, Director of Volunteers at Oneida Healthcare and committee member of Jessica’s Heroes. Participants of the event could register for a certified 5K Run or 5K Walk including a .3 Mile Fun Run for kids under the age of 10.
The event was named in honor of Jessica Froelick, who lost her battle with breast cancer at the age of 34 leaving behind a husband and two young boys. “This run /walk recognizes the hero within each of us. Jessica was the epitome of the compassionate advocate for cancer survivors like herself. She supported others going through treatment – through fundraisers, benefits, volunteering at Oneida Healthcare, and lending assistance where ever she was needed,” said Welcher. Jessica had worked at Oneida Healthcare as a phlebotomist in the lab for almost ten years.
As a community based 3rd party fundraiser, the event was organized by a committee composed primarily of volunteers. In total this year’s event raised over $35,000 for cancer patients struggling with financial needs during treatment. All proceeds will be distributed through the Cancer Care Fund at Oneida Healthcare to patients who qualify.
The first place finisher overall for the 5K run was Jamie Woolsey with a total time of 20 minutes and 2 seconds. The first male and 2nd overall finisher was Ken Stack at 21 minutes and 50 seconds. Ward 5 Councilor and Deputy Mayor Jim Chamberlain proclaimed October 20, 2018 as Jessica’s Heroes Day. Planing for next year’s event is already well under way.
For more information about the Cancer Care Fund or Jessica’s Heroes 5K/Run, please contact our Foundation Director, Julie Billings, at 315-361-2169 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 Past Event Details
Oneida High School (560 Seneca St, Oneida)
Saturday, October 20, 2018
5K Run begins at 9:30 am
5K Walk begins at 10:00 am
.3 Mile Kids Fun Run at 10:45 am
Experiencing the Superhero in each of us!
Who Does It Benefit?
The Cancer Care Fund at Oneida Healthcare for cancer patients struggling with financial needs
Julie Billings, Oneida Healthcare Foundation Director