Springfield Supports Fight against Cancer through Relay For Life


Relay For Life participants from Springfield High School (from left to right): Madison Baer, Karly Grieve, Assistant Principal Jason Pane and Katherine McVeagh (Springfield High School student liaison to the Relay For Life Planning Committee)

With its over 600 students, Springfield High School is constantly brimming with activity of all kinds. This spring, however, there is a new energy reverberating through the school hallways – one that has been missing for over a decade. The source of this new vibe is the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the Wissahickon Valley.

This local event, which is part of the world’s largest movement to end cancer, is not new to Springfield. In fact, it had its inception here 16 years ago. The Relay For Life of the Wissahickon Valley encompasses the communities of Chestnut Hill, Lower Gwynedd, Plymouth, Springfield, Upper Dublin, Whitpain and Whitemarsh. Over the years, however, Springfield participation in this event dropped off and ultimately disappeared.

This year, Springfield High School is enthusiastically returning to Relay, with Assistant Principal Jason Pane leading the charge.

I’m very excited to reignite the interest in Relay for Life here in Springfield.  I’m looking forward to participating myself and supporting our students at the event.
-Jason Pane

Despite its name, the Relay For Life is not a race, nor is it an activity limited to students. It is an event that brings the community together – students, families, neighbors, friends and co-workers – in the fight against cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fund research, education and patient services.

The Relay For Life of the Wissahickon Valley will take place this year at Upper Dublin High School, beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 30th and ending at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 31st. There are multiple opportunities for getting involved:

  • fundraising
  • volunteering
  • providing entertainment
  • participating in the craft/vendor fair
  • simply stopping by to enjoy the festivities.

And, of course, cancer survivors are invited to celebrate their survivorship at a special dinner in their honor. So choose your method of participation, Springfield, as you are warmly welcomed back to the Relay For Life.

There will be contests and games, a moon bounce, dunk tank, raffles, silent auctions, and great live entertainment.

May 30th highlights: a dinner open to all cancer survivors and their caregivers (6:00pm), a hilarious “Miss Relay” contest (8:00pm), and the illumination of the track in memory or honor of those who have battled cancer (9:00pm).

May 31st highlights: a pancake breakfast (7:00am to 10:00am), a Zumba class (9:00am), a white dove release (noon), and a craft/vendor fair (10:00am to 3:00pm)

To support the Springfield High School Team, visit their fundraising page.

For more information about this event, contact Jen Stypinski at 215-985-5339 or, or contact Jodi Benjamin at 215-793-4097 or