This Means War Against Breast Cancer

Helping Trumbull County Survivors Wage War Against Breast Cancer

Seeking a deserving breast cancer survivor

We are seeking a deserving breast cancer survivor who needs financial help to be our fundraiser beneficiary in October when we host our 9th Annual This Means War 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament & Chinese Auction.
We are accepting applications through
April 6.

You can find additional details in this letter:

Here is the application:
Application for assistance

Thank you!!

Thank you to everyone who supported the 8th Annual This Means Wat 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament & Chinese Auction!
Thanks to your support, we were able to help Jessica Gardner pay off most of her medical bills and provide peace of mind for her family for the first time in two years.
Check out the nearly 600 photos we posted from the event here: War for Jessica
You can also read the Tribune Chronicle's recap of the event here: Tourney Wages War on 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.

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.