Twelve-year-old Julia Eltringham wants kids to know they make a difference in the fight to beat cancer.

Twelve-year-old Julia Eltringham wants kids to know they make a difference in the fight to beat cancer.

Eltringham is one of the youngest members of Johnstown's Relay For Life, and she has led in fundraising and sending e-mails for donations, said Jackie Dismuke, a Relay spokesperson.

The Adams Middle School sixth-grader is a member of the Kids Conquering Cancer team that has raised $2,085 so far.

The 22-strong team has collected money for the cancer fundraiser by knocking on doors, e-mailing family and friends and through a Santa Paws event.

During Johnstown's June 25-26 Relay, the team will also sell Stars for a Wall of Hope, personalize wooden ribbon ornaments and sponsor a raffle for a prayer shawl.

"I think everyone can make a difference no matter what their age," Eltringham said. "Other young people should get involved because you can have fun and help others at the same time. Even if you collect change or do chores to make money, every bit counts."

After seeing a child receive cancer treatment at a hospital, Eltringham said it bothered her so much that she knew she had to help.

She attended last year's Relay, but this is her first year to be part of a team.

"My favorite part of Relay is visiting the different campsites," she said. "I will be staying up all night. I am used to slumber parties where we do it."

As of Thursday, May 27, Johnstown's Relay For Life had 35 teams registered with 293 participants.

A total of $15,685 has been raised, with $40,000 being the overall goal, Dismuke said.

The next Relay committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 3, in Johnstown Council Chambers. Team meetings will follow at 7 p.m.

The theme of the third annual Johnstown Relay For Life is "Super Heroes - Saving the World - One Cure at a time!" The Relay will be held from 7 p.m. Friday, June 25, to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Johnstown-Monroe High School.

For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/johnstown.

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