TROY - The Relay For Life of Western Bradford County will hold an Information Night at 7 p.m. tonight at the Copper Tree Shop in Troy for anyone who is interested in getting involved in this year's event.

But expect some changes.

This year, the Relay will be shorter when it's held later this year, according to Kristen Nuss, income development representative for the East Central Division of the American Cancer Society, Inc. in Williamsport.

"It will be a 12-hour event from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. with clean up taking place the following morning," she stated. "This change was made for this year only as we are trying to grow the event, but still want to be able to give Relayers in Western Bradford County a great Relay experience."

In the past, it has been a 24-hour event.

She added, "Relay is meant to be a celebration not only of our survivors but also the teams who work so hard throughout the year to raise funds. We are still in need of volunteers to join the planning committee. Committee volunteers play a vital role in the event's success, both in terms of fundraising and the event itself. If any community members would like to get involved in planning the event, they may contact our office in Williamsport at (570) 326-4149."

A news release from the American Cancer Society provided the following information:

Community members and businesses can get involved in a number of ways such as joining the planning committee, forming a team, becoming a sponsor or registering as a survivor.

The release noted that Relay For Life is a fun-filled event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

"Relay For Life raises awareness about the progress against cancer while also raising funds to fight the disease," Nuss stated in the news release. "Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as a volunteer or participant, have made a commitment to fight back against cancer and let the community know that cancer can be beat."

To learn more about the Relay For Life of Western Bradford County, contact Nuss at 570-326-4149. For more information about cancer, call the American Cancer Society's 24-hour help line at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer, according to the news release.

It states: "We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight."

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: