This Means War Against Breast Cancer

Helping Trumbull County Survivors Wage War Against Breast Cancer

Meet our 2018 fundraiser beneficiary:
Jessica Gardner

We are honored to announce that we have selected Jessica Gardner as our 2018 fundraiser beneficiary.

Jessica, a Niles resident, was 33 years old and eight-months pregnant when she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in December 2016. Ten days after giving birth to Savannah, Jessica underwent surgery to remove a tumor bigger than a baseball and other cancerous tissue from her right breast. Five surgeries, chemotherapy and 33 rounds of radiation have followed.

In July, Jessica underwent breast reconstruction surgery – a procedure that will cost Jessica roughly $5,500 (and that’s after health insurance!). The bill doesn’t include any of the out-of-pocket costs for her follow-up appointments. Nor does it include the expenses associated with the medication Jessica must take for the next 20 years to deter new cancer cells from forming.

While Jessica, a Brookfield High School English teacher, banked enough sick days to cover most of her time off work, her family has lost thousands of dollars in income because her husband, Brian, missed work so he could attend Jessica’s doctor appointments and surgeries.

On Oct. 13, we will host our eighth annual This Means War 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament & Chinese Auction to help offset Jessica’s medical expenses.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, an 100+-item Chinese auction, a half-court shot contest to win steak for a year from Texas Roadhouse - Niles, as well as children friendly activities throughout the day.

Registration for the basketball tournament is now open. Visit the Basketball Tournament page for more information.

Please join us in supporting Jessica!

Thank you for making our 2017 fundraiser a success!

We would like to say thank you to everyone who visited, played, purchased tickets, volunteered and sent prayers to help us make the 7th Annual This Means War 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament & Chinese Auction a success for breast cancer survivor Alexandria Baker.
You can read all about the fundraiser in this terrific Tribune Chronicle article: "War Against Breast Cancer continues"
We also captured all the fun in more than 400 photos that we've posted to our Facebook page. See the photos here: War for Alex 2017
We truly couldn't have pulled this off without everyone's support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
The This Means War Team

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.