This Means War Against Breast Cancer

Helping Trumbull County Survivors Wage War Against Breast Cancer

You made our 2022 fundraiser a success!
'Thank you isn't enough' - Amanda

We are blown away by the support we received this year for the War Against Breast Cancer Raffle-Auction & Vendor Show that was held Oct. 1-2 at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. 

Because of you, we had a record breaking 300 items in the raffle-auction, 40 crafters, makers, bakers and small business owners in our vendor show and nearly 1,000 attendees. 

The event also featured princess and superhero characters from Castle On A Cloud Entertainment, the Texas Roadhouse-Niles archery contest, Cow Patty Bingo and live music from Ohio Crossroads, Caleb Gaul and Jordan Smith. Amazing!

Net proceeds will help Stage 4 breast cancer survivor Amanda Sharps-Martin with her out-of-pocket medical bills.

Amanda, a 42-year-old mother of two young boys, was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer last year and underwent three surgeries and six months of chemotherapy. The registered nurse at Trumbull Memorial Hospital learned in June that her cancer had progressed to Stage IV and spread to her bones. She has undergone a fourth surgery and more chemo treatments and must take expensive medication for the rest of her life. The Southington Township resident and her family have exhausted their savings and they are at a financial breaking point. 

Amanda said no words can express how much she appreciates every person who donated, attended and sent words of encouragement.  

“Thank you is not enough,” she said. 

Monetary donations for Amanda still are being accepted at https://www.tinyurl.com/warforAmanda. All donations are tax deductible.

Visitors to Texas Roadhouse in Niles also can support Amanda through Oct. 12 by donating $5 in exchange for a free appetizer, which is a $5 value. (See flyer below!)


To see news coverage of the event, visit:

WYTV 33: This Means War Against Breast Cancer raises funds for breast cancer survivor

WFMJ 21: War Against Breast Cancer Event

Tribune Chronicle: War and cow patties: Family fun fundraiser raises cash for breast cancer survivors

The Cortland News: War Against Breast Cancer Event to help Lakeview High School graduate

The Cortland News: War Against Breast Cancer Raffle-Auction & Vendor Show

The Review Newspapers: Auction and Vendor Event to benefit Trumbull County mom of two with breast cancer

The Weekly Villager: Vendor Show, 200+ item auction to benefit mom of two with breast cancer

Valley Voices Magazine: Amanda Sharps-Martin fights back against breast cancer


Read more about Amanda's breast cancer journey here: Finding light in dark places


A special thank you to this year’s event sponsors: The Mullee Family/Boss Babes, Texas Roadhouse, The Hope Center for Cancer Care, MJO Photography, Shaker Painting, Carrie's Weight and Wellness Coaching LLC, Curtis Layer Design/Build Inc., Liberty Temple #185 Pythian Sisters, Emery Electric Inc., Chalker's Auction & Equipment, DiSalvatore Insurance, Farmer Plumbing, Tamer Win Golf & C.C. and Domino's Pizza. Darlene Kearney with Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realty was this year's stage and entertainment sponsor.

Even though our main fundraiser is over, you still can help Amanda Sharps-Martin fight the financial battle against breast cancer. 

Here are two ways to do it:

1. Donate online at https://www.tinyurl.com/waragainstamanda 

2. Visit Texas Roadhouse at 2260 Niles-Cortland Road SE in Niles through Oct. 12 and donate $5 in exchange for a free appetizer (a $5 value)

Thank you for your continued support!

Meet our 2022 honoree: Amanda Sharps-Martin

We are honored to introduce you to our 2022 fundraiser beneficiary, 

Amanda Sharps-Martin.

Amanda, of Southington, is a 42-year-old mother of two boys, Tavon, 13, and Kyler, 10. She was diagnosed in May 2021 with Stage II breast cancer and has undergone three surgeries and six months of chemotherapy.

As a registered nurse at Trumbull Memorial Hospital for 17 years, Amanda missed 10 months’ worth of paychecks due to her treatments and their side effects. She returned to work in April but can only work part-time because she still must attend physical therapy to regain full function in her arms, especially on her left side where the cancer was found. She still is unable to lift a gallon of milk and would struggle to lift the surgical instrument trays at work.

We knew early on that Amanda was our choice. The 1998 Southington Chalker High School graduate and her husband, Josh, a 1995 Lakeview High School graduate and forklift operator at Great Lakes Cheese, have been relying on family and friends to make ends meet.

And then, we got a message in June that no one wants to hear: Amanda’s breast cancer has progressed to Stage IV and has spread to her bones.

She and her family now must once again face the disruption and burden that cancer brings: Another surgery, more months of chemotherapy, more bills and more missed paychecks. The family already was reaching a financial breaking point and now need our help. 

This reccurence has only strengthened our resolve to put our arms around this family and give them all the love and support they need. We hope you will join us.

On Oct. 1-2, the War Against Breast Cancer Raffle-Auction & Vendor Show was held at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds as a fundraiser for Amanda. Nearly 1,000 people attended. 


Thank you for helping Amanda wage war against breast cancer!

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!

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 500 people from throughout Ohio.

Since our first fundraiser in 2011, we have raised more than $117,000 for 11 survivors.

  • To learn more about our organization, click here: Who We Are
  • To learn more about our past fundraiser beneficiaries and how they are selected, click here: Honorees
  • To donate or volunteer, click here: Join Our Fight

Welcome!

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.