Community scores high in cancer fight


I am writing to say how proud I am to be a part of such a wonderful community.

I am the vice president and cofounder of the Beth Ann Vanek This Means War Against Breast Cancer, a breast cancer nonprofit organization that recently held its third annual This Means War 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and Chinese Auction fundraiser to help breast cancer survivor Cyndi DeMoss pay off her medical expenses.

Our group never could have expected the amount of support we received. More than 200 people – many of whom had never met us or Cyndi – opened their hearts to us.

Thanks to the community’s generosity, we were able to make Cyndi speechless when we gave her the fundraiser’s proceeds.

We particularly would like to thank our major sponsors, Great Lakes Cheese and the Hope Center for Cancer Care, and our other seven contributing sponsors for their support, as well as the Southington school board, the Southington Athletic Booster Club, Southington Beta Club and our tireless volunteers, friends and family. We couldn’t continue our fight against breast cancer without them.

– Beth Ann Vanek, Southington