Thank you for making our 2021 event a success!
We feel so incredibly humbled and blessed by the outpouring of support we saw for Rachel Elliott during the War Against Breast Cancer Raffle-Auction & Vendor Show.
We witnessed so many acts of kindness that our hearts are simply full - such as when the winner of Sunday’s 50/50 drawing wrote the name of Rachel’s husband on the raffle ticket so the Elliott family would receive the winnings and when Sam who had read about Rachel’s story in the newspaper brought a new flat-screen TV to donate to the family.
Whether you bought a raffle ticket, shopped with our vendors or donated money, a basket or your time you helped make this weekend a success.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for rallying behind and lifting up the Elliott family during such a challenging time.
Thank you to Tribune Chronicle and WKBN Chronicle for covering our event! See their reports here:
Tribune Chronicle (before the event): The fight resumes
Tribune Chronicle: War against cancer goes on; annual fundraiser continues today
Meet our 2021 honoree: Rachel Elliott
We are honored to announce that This Means War’s Board of Directors has selected Rachel Elliott as this year’s fundraiser beneficiary.
Rachel is a 37-year-old mother of three children — Colton, 10, Luke, 9, and Mya, 8 — who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative breast cancer in October.
Her diagnosis came seven months after doctors told her the lump that she was so concerned about was benign. It wasn’t until Rachel sought a surgeon to remove the nearly golf-ball-sized lump that they discovered the cancer.
Rachel, a 2002 Lakeview High School graduate, has undergone two surgeries, aggressive chemotherapy and is now halfway through her radiation treatments.
Due to her treatments and the COVID-19 pandemic, she missed six months of work as a dental hygienist at Cortland Dental Technology Center. The family also has been faced with steep out-of-pocket medical bills due to a high health insurance deductible and copays.
What’s worse is that on the day Rachel finished her last chemotherapy session, her husband, Shannon, learned that his job as a service technician was eliminated due to the company’s downsizing. He already had taken a cut in pay so he could accompany Rachel to her appointments and take care of the kids.
The family, which lives in Cortland, is so thankful for the support they've received from family, friends and the community.
Read about Rachel's inspirational story here: Winning the war
Our mission is to help breast cancer survivors
Our goal is to help breast cancer survivors who live in Trumbull County with their lost wages and their out-of-pocket expenses related to their diagnosis.
We pick one survivor a year and make him or her part of our family.
Each fall, our all-volunteer group will host a fundraiser with the net proceeds benefiting our fundraiser beneficiary.
Our family friendly event typically attracts more than 400 people from throughout Ohio.
Since our first fundraiser in 2011, we have raised more than $97,500 for 10 survivors.
Support Trumbull County breast cancer survivors while you shop on Amazon
Support This Means War Against Breast Cancer whenever you shop on Amazon by first clicking here: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-5357031 You can then shop as you normally do and a portion of your purchases will be sent to us and will help us fulfill our mission of supporting breast cancer survivors with their out-of-pocket medical bills. Thank you!
This Means War Against Breast Cancer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that raises money to help breast cancer survivors with lost wages and medical expenses not covered by insurance.