WILLIAMSPORT -- A total of 900 people were expected and 600 to 700 were estimated to have attended on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Not bad for a "family" reunion that doesn't have the traditional blood ties.
"It's become a family in the sense that you're all having the same battle to fight," said Blanton Croft, 76, of Maugansville.
Croft was one of many cancer survivors attending the John R. Marsh Cancer Center's Celebration of Life picnic at The Improved Order of Red Men's grounds off Lappans Road near Williamsport on Sunday.
As cancer survivors, they share their struggles and victories, said Croft, a seven-year survivor of prostate cancer.
Blanton said he attends the annual picnic because he likes the fellowship, food, fun and frivolity.
"We have friends that come every year," he said.
They include Shirley Elliott, 61, of Clear Spring. Elliott calls herself a "double survivor" because she is a 24-year colon cancer survivor and a 17-year breast cancer survivor.