TROY - Several people, including six cancer survivors, showed up recently in Troy for an informational meeting on the Relay for Life of western Bradford County.

This year, the event takes place Aug. 3 at Alparon Park in Troy, and the Relay is looking for help.

The recent informational meeting was held at the CopperTree Shop in Troy with 13 people attending.

This year's Relay will be a 12-hour event, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. with clean up taking place the following morning, according to Kristen Nuss, income development representative for the East Central Division of the American Cancer Society, Inc. in Williamsport. She noted that the traditional activities associated with the Relay, such as the survivor events and the basket raffles, will still be held at the relay, despite its shorter time this year.

Nuss said that there hasn't been a good response from committee volunteers to plan the event, so the Relay is seeking people to fill such jobs as survivor chair, logistics chair, a team recruitment position, fundraising chair, entertainment and activity chair, event Chair, luminaria chair, publicity chair, mission chair, and online chair.

Forms for all these positions were available at the informational meeting.

If you would like to get involved with the Relay, contact the American Cancer Society at (570) 326-4149.

This year, the Relay has set a goal for 15 teams; seven to eight teams had made a verbal commitment to take part in the Relay, as of last week, according to Relay volunteer Shelley Walcheski.

Survivor Mary Jean Andrus of Mountain Lake attended the informational meeting. She said that she continues to take part in the Relay in order to make a difference.

The meeting featured a speaker, Marguerite Santorine from Lewisburg, who was on hand to speak as a "Voice of Hope" and caregiver.

She told the story of her young daughter's fight with cancer. Sadly, the girl, Elizabeth, passed away in 2000.

"My message is to create memories," she said.

She spoke of memories that her family made with Elizabeth before she died of juvenile chronic myeloid leukemia.

She recalled how her daughter once drew on herself at the hospital with washable makers and was "the first in the family to have body art." She said they still laugh about that memory.

Because her family members are sports enthusiasts, she said, they became her daughters' coaches and cheerleaders.

Santorine also spoke in support of the Relay, and noted how the money benefits the local area.

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