SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School will host the community’s annual Relay for Life event May 12-13, rain or shine. The SPF Relay for Life is just one of many in surrounding towns and 5,200 in 27 countries worldwide as part of the signature American Cancer Society (ACS) fundraiser to combat cancer.

Relay for Life honors all cancer survivors, caretakers to patients with cancer, loved ones who lost the fight to cancer and anyone impacted by this disease. The event, which runs from 6:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. beginning on Friday, May 12 and ending Saturday, May 13, will be held outside on the football field barring inclement weather. Should it rain, the event will continue inside SPFHS.

Relay for Life attempts to signify that “cancer never sleeps” and therefore is an overnight event. Children, teenagers, adults and community members form teams and elect team captains; these teams raise money and often display camaraderie during the event with T-shirts and set up tents as a resting spot during the wee hours of the morning.

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The event features an exciting Opening Ceremony, a survivors lap around the track, a caregiver's lap, and a luminaria ceremony. When no formal activity is structured, at least one member from each team is encouraged to be walking the track at any given moment throughout the event. Also featured at the Relay for Life are local bands, a DJ, face painting, a soccer and volleyball tournament, a bounce house and a wing-eating contest sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings.

SPFHS’ own Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC) runs the event alongside the American Cancer Society. As of now, 35 teams and 275 participants have worked hard to raise $45,000 of SMAC’s $100,000 fundraising goal.

“Relay for Life allows the entire community to come together to help raise money to find a cure for a disease that has affected so many people, myself and my family included,” said SMAC President and SPFHS junior Sara Banasiak. “Last year we came really close to reaching our goal and I am really hoping to reach it this year. Participating in Relay is truly a one of a kind experience to honor loved ones we have lost and celebrate the fight forward.”

Help support the SPF Relay for Life and the ACS for their efforts to end cancer and provide cancer patients with vital services by donating here:

An individual must raise $125 to stay over for the night; all other participants are able to stay until 11:00 p.m. Entrance at the door costs $20 if you are not pre-registered on the Relay for Life website. To register for the event, click here: