Helping breast cancer survivors since 2011


Thank you for stopping by to learn more about This Means War Against Breast Cancer!

Our full name is Beth Ann Vanek This Means War Against Breast Cancer. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors with their lost wages and out-of-pocket medical expenses that are not covered by insurance.

The “This Means War” in our name comes from the mantra of co-founder Beth Ann Vanek, who chose to not let the fear and worry surrounding her breast cancer diagnosis at age 30 sabotage her journey to wellness.

Since our first fundraiser in 2011, we have raised more than $173,000 for 13 breast cancer survivors. You can read more about our wonderful honorees here: Honorees
Learn more about our annual fundraiser here: War Against Breast Cancer Raffle-Auction
Beth Ann Vanek on her last day of chemotherapy in 2011.
Beth Ann Vanek on her last day of chemotherapy in 2011.

Meet our

Board of Directors

This Means War Against Breast Cancer is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors that meets monthly to plan the annual fundraiser, select the deserving fundraiser beneficiaries and seek additional ways to help local breast cancer survivors.

The 2024 board includes:

Front from left: President Connie Silvernail, secretary Kelli Weir; 2021 fundraiser honoree Rachel Elliot; board member Jessica Lallathin; and treasurer Britnee Mullee.

Back row from left: Vice president Beth Ann Vanek; and board members Chuck Vanek and Steve Lallathin.


Contact Us

By Mail:

This Means War Against Breast Cancer Inc.

P.O. Box 223

Southington, OH 44470

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Notice of Non-Discrimination
No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity offered by This Means War Against Breast Cancer on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, political belief, national origin, sexual orientation, height, weight, marital or familial status, or disability.
Equal Opportunity Policy Statement
This Means War Against Breast Cancer does not discriminate against any applicant with regard to volunteering or serving as a board member because of race, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, gender, age, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. All board members, volunteers and other persons involved with This Means War Against Breast Cancer are expected to uphold and further this policy.