More than 300 people raised about $6000 for the Patrick Wiese Foundation on Sunday at Jamesville Beach Park. It was a cool day, but the sun showed its face every so often as the hundreds in attendance took part in the 3 Mile Fun Run/Walk.
It was the first-ever event for the Patrick Wiese Foundation, which was started by Le Moyne baseball star and CBA alum Patrick Wiese, who was diagnosed with bone cancer , along with his teammate and classmate Nate Reynolds.
"Today's been absolutely amazing, seeing all these people, familiar faces that I haven't seen in ages to just come out and support my foundation has been unbelievable," Wiese said.
And while the support since his diagnosis has been special for Wiese (he's received some votes as NE-10 player of the year...without playing an inning), the focus of the foundation is to spread that support to others undergoing a similar situation.
"We've seen how much the support has helped Pat out," Reynolds said. "Now we kind of just pay it forward, for all the support he's received we can give that support to someone else."
Patrickwiesefoundation.org has more information on upcoming events, as Patrick and Nate say they now hope to do some fundraisers in the coming months. They envision making the run/walk an annual occurrence, and also hope to put together a golf tournament in 2015.