Springfield Relay for Life raises funds to battle cancer

Hampden County

Cancer survivors and supporters walked for hours Saturday to raise money to fight the disease.

The Relay for Life of Greater Springfield kicked off at Springfield Central High School Saturday morning. Dozens of caregivers, survivors and community members walked the track to celebrate those who have beat cancer and honor those who lost their battle.

The 12-hour event will help raise money for cancer research that will help protect future generations.

22News spoke with Diane Hartmann, a four-time cancer survivor who has partcipated in the relay for over two decades. “Sometimes I forget that I’m a survivor but I love talking to other survivors because I feel like I’m an inspiration or glimmer of hope for them and vice versa because I get more from them than they get from me.”

22News is a long-time sponsor of the Pioneer Valley Relays for Life. 22News anchor Barry Kriger was this year’s emcee.

Funds raised at the relay will go directly to our local American Cancer Society.

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