Beth Ann Vanek This Means War Against Breast Cancer

Helping Trumbull County Survivors Wage War Against Breast Cancer

Meet our 2017 honoree:
Alexandria Baker

We are honored to introduce to you

Alexandria Baker, our 2017 fundraiser beneficiary.


Alex, 27, of Warren was diagnosed on March 21 with Stage II breast cancer and has undergone six rounds of chemotherapy treatment and surgery. But she still has a long way to go in her journey to survivorship as she still faces radiation treatment.

Alex, who works as a log auditor at Falcon Transport in Youngstown, already has begun to fall behind on her bills because she has been forced to miss weeks of work to recover from her aggressive chemotherapy treatment and to attend her frequent doctor appointments. She worries that she and her fiancé, Mike, soon will be forced to make difficult financial decisions that could impact her daughters, Isabella, 7, and Arianna, 5.

On Oct. 14, we will host the 7th Annual This Means War 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament & Chinese Auction to help Alex offset her lost wages and out-of-pocket medical expenses.

About the event

The family friendly event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at Southington Chalker High School at 2482 State Route 534 in Southington. Admission is free.

The double-elimination basketball tournament will feature more than 150 youth and adult players competing for first-place awards that range from trophies to $120 in gift cards to $300 in cash. Divisions are grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and adult.

Register for the basketball tournament here: Sign me up!

No game-day registrations will be accepted. Spectators can watch for free.

You can win steak for a year from Texas Roadhouse in Niles during the half-court shot contest that will take place during the intermission of the basketball tournament. (Exact time to be announced soon.)

Each shot is $5 and each shooter will receive a free appetizer coupon. You do not have to be a 3-on-3 basketball participant to enter the half-court shot contest. 

The Chinese Auction will offer more than 100 quality items up for bid including four Disney World park hopper passes, Kalahari Resort tickets, a flat-screen TV and scratch-off Lottery ticket tree, as well as gift certificates to family fun parks, sporting events and restaurants. General item tickets are 2 for $1, and specialty item tickets for items valued at $100 or more are $1 each. Winners do not need to be present for the 4:15 p.m. drawing. Admission is free.

For a list of donations so far, visit: Chinese Auction.

The event also will feature face-painting and balloon animals by Bubbles-N-Swirls in the morning and other kid-friendly entertainment throughout the day.

We hope you will join us on Oct. 14 to help Alex wage war against breast cancer!

This Means War's co-founder named a Community Star!

This Means War's co-founder, Beth Ann Vanek, has been selected as one of the Tribune Chronicle's 2015 Community Stars! She was one of 10 community volunteers chosen out of 40 nominations.
See the Tribune's story here and feel free to leave a comment:


Beth Ann Vanek This Means War Against Breast Cancer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that raises money to help breast cancer survivors with medical expenses not covered by insurance.