Giving Back

Relay For Life at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School May 16-17

Ready to Relay: Elizabeth Coleman, SPFHS faculty advisor; Olivia Wallide, Relay For Life co-chair; Scotch Plains Councilwoman Colleen Gialanella; Julia Lavelle, SMAC co-chair; Kayla Brady, SMAC co-chair; Claire Nguyen, Relay For Life co-chair; Fanwood Councilman Russ Huegel; Jessica Gaeta,senior manager, Relay For Life, ACS; and Ryan McKenna, SPFHS faculty advisor. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - The Relay For Life of Scotch Plains commences on Friday, May 16 at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS) starting at 6 p.m.

Relay For Life is an overnight community-based event to honor the victims and survivors of cancer, raise awareness of the disease, and raise money for The American Cancer Society.  The event will have music, food and fun activities, and will conclude on Saturday, May 17 at 6 a.m.

Members of the SPFHS Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC) run the event, although more than half of the attendance comes from the community. Organizers are hoping to raise $140,000 at this year’s event.

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“Relay For Life is a great opportunity to feel closer to your neighbors and peers and to recognize that cancer is a widespread disease that affects many people in some way or another,” said Kayla Brady, SPFHS junior and SMAC co-president.

The SPFHS event has been ranked #8 out of 102 Relay For Life Events across New Jersey and New York.  People who sleep over should bring pillows, blankets, tent, bug spray, snacks, change of socks, and sun block.  

“Relay For Life is about giving back, celebrating survivors, remembering those we lost and a community fighting,” said Lisa Renwick, staff partner and Relay For Life specialist at The American Cancer Society. To register online, visit

There is a $10 registration fee. Participants under the age of 18 must sign a waiver. Those who stay over, must raise a minimum of $125. Cash or check donations are accepted at the event. 

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