A Celebration of Life

Honoring John Patrick Williamson, Jr.

Pro-life run honoring Johnny Williamson

The first Johnny’s Run for Life in 2009. It was a picture perfect day from start to finish. The first place winner was Matt VanThuyne pictured in the foreground in the black singlet. John Williamson, wearing the Phillies hat backwards, ran a 22:15. 

Johnny's Run for Life 2024

Sunday, October 13, 2024

Cardinal O'Hara High School
1701 Sproul Rd, Springfield, PA

Mass at 8:00 a.m.   
1 Mile Run begins 8:50 a.m.    
5K Run begins 9:00 a.m.    
1 Mile Walk  9:00 a.m.

Race registration is free this year.

Letter from Donna Marie & John Williamson
for the 2024 Johnny's Run for Life


Sunday, October 13, 2024



(610) 446-5600


Dear Friends:

             This year, Johnny’s Run for Life will take place on Sunday, October 13th at 8:00AM at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pennsylvania.  John Patrick Williamson, Jr. was a graduate of St. Pius X Grade School, Cardinal O’Hara High School, and was in his final term at Drexel University when he was killed in an automobile accident in January, 2009.  Johnny and five of his AXP fraternity brothers were on a service trip.  They were due to return to Drexel in time for the 10:00PM Mass at St. Agatha/St. James Church where Johnny served in the choir and as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.  He was to be installed at that Mass as the Service Chair of Drexel’s Catholic Newman Club.  Four of Johnny’s friends survived the accident, but Johnny and his friend, Ian Alexander, lost their lives.

             Johnny was an outspoken Pro-Life advocate.  His final post on Facebook, dated January 23, 2009, was, “Choose Life!”  The Johnny’s Run for Life mission is to enable mothers in crisis pregnancies to fulfill Johnny’s wish—that they may choose life for their children with the support we all can help provide.  At Johnny’s funeral we raised $18,000.00 and also took the $7,000.00 he had saved to go to nursing school and gave this to a crisis pregnancy center enabling them to save 2 children from abortion. Since Johnny died, we have been able to save children at a rate of $1,200.00 per baby by advertising to abortion minded women.  Since Johnny Williamson died, fundraising in his name, including Johnny’s Run for Life, has garnered over $2,000,000.00, all of which has been used to help mothers save their children.  We know of over 2,000 children who have been rescued from abortion. 

You might ask how such a small organization can be so successful.  We can give you ten reasons:

1.        We learn from mistakes.

2.        We have thirty-seven years of experience in praying, marching, litigating, defending, organizing, running for public office, occupying said office, raising and donating money, lobbying, attending conferences, standing in front of abortion chambers, and speaking on behalf of the unborn.

3.        We take no salaries yet have donated over $1,000,000.00 of our own money to the cause.

4.        We spend no money on shirts, food, brick or mortar. 

5.        We provide advertising for pregnancy centers which have a history of saving more than 50% of children of abortion-minded women.

6.        We provide matching funds to well-operated pregnancy centers for on-line advertising.

7.        We partner with Pro-life organizations that are like-minded such as Thrive.

8.        We have Degrees in Economics, Business/ Management, and Law.

9.        We are relentless.

10.     We fear no one but GOD! 

             Kindly consider sponsoring Johnny’s Run and Johnny’s mission.  All sponsors giving $250.00 or more will have their name placed on the shirt.  All sponsors will have their names placed in the Race Booklet to be distributed to all participants.  Over the years, we have learned that a sponsorship of $1,200.00 applied to advertising can guarantee that one baby’s life will be saved.  It seems a small price to pay for the precious life of a baby.  A gift of $12,000.00 will not only save 10 lives, but will make you a Major Donor.

             Over the past years’ we have had as many as 1,100 runners and walkers, not to mention the many people who come just to attend the Mass, volunteer or cheer on the participants.  Kindly consider donating to Johnny’s Run for Life.  We thank you most sincerely for anything you can do.  Please help us help mothers in crisis to Choose Life for their children.



                                                                                                                             Donna Marie Williamson and John Williamson  

Download a copy of the letter here.

Johnny receives the Heart of the Lion award.

Donations to Save Lives of the Unborn

All donations are used to save the lives of the unborn. Click button to go to direct Paypal link to make a secure donation online with major charge cards. See more ways to donate here.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Sponsoring Johnny's Run for Life provides churches, businesses, and families a powerful and visible means of supporting the lives of the unborn.  Please download and complete this form. We will be in touch ASAP!

Registration for Johnny's Run for Life race is free for 2024

No charge to register this year! Register here 

Mass and race will be held at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 1701 Sproul Rd, Springfield, PA

God Bless Us, Everyone

Let the stars in the sky remind us of man's  compassion. Let us love till we die, and God bless us, everyone.


In your heart there's a light as bright as a star in heaven. 


Let it shine through the night, and God bless us, everyone.


Till each child is fed, till all men are free, till the world becomes a family,


Star by star in the sky and kindness by human kindness,


Let me love till I die and God bless us, everyone. God bless us, everyone.


Taken from "A Christmas Carol" performed by Johnny November 2004 at Cardinal O'Hara High School.

Last sung by Johnny at O'Hara Family Christmas just days before he died.

Johnny playing Jesus at the Resurrection in Godspell.

Memories of Johnny