Beth Ann Vanek This Means War Against Breast Cancer

Helping Trumbull County Survivors Wage War Against Breast Cancer

Our inspiration

2016 honoree: Erica Immel

Thank you to everyone who came to the 6th Annual This Means War 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament & Chinese Auction on Oct. 8, 2016 to support
Erica Immel of Girard.
The fundraiser brought some much needed financial relief for Erica and her 5-year-old twins, Star and Lily. Erica had faced mounting medical bills due to a high-insurance deductible and large copays related to her treatment to beat her Stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis.

We have posted more than 500 photos from the event. Click here to view them: War for Erica 2016 

To see a list of the winners for the Chinese Auction, click here: 2016 Chinese Auction Winners

To see a list of the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Winners, click here: 2016 Basketball Winners


2015 honoree: Heather Booth

On Oct. 17, 2015, more than 400 people attended the 5th Annual This Means War 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament & Chinese Auction and helped raised money for breast cancer survivor Heather Booth of Howland.

Heather, a mother of three, was diagnosed in February 2015 at age 30 with Stage II  breast cancer after discovering a lump one morning while getting ready to take her daughters roller skating.

Heather, who also has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and endometriosis within the past five years, no longer can work as a home health aide, had to rely on the income of her husband, Josh, who works at Exal in Youngstown. They used the money raised at the fundraiser to pay down Heather's medical bills.

Heather and Josh, who attend House of Praise in Newton Falls, grew up in McDonald before buying a home for their family in Howland. They are the proud parents of Destiny, 12, Suzanna, 9, and Sarah, 6, who all are students at Howland schools.

Check out the photos from the 2015 event here: Waging War for Heather 2015.

To see the Tribune Chronicle story about our event, click here: Filling Baskets

2014 honoree: Amy (Gardner) Turek

The fourth annual This Means War 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament & Chinese Auction was a great success! Our fundraiser beneficiary, Amy (Gardner) Turek, was overwhelmed by all the support and said the event provided a much needed emotional lift.


Thank you!!


Check out the photos here: http://tinyurl.com/4thAnnual


To view a list of Chinese Auction winners, click here: Winners.

Read the Tribune Chronicle's story about the event:  War on breast cancer enters fourth year

How you can help


Send your tax-deductible donation to:


This Means War Against Breast Cancer Inc.

P.O. Box 223

Southington, Ohio 44470