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Photos Submitted Michelle Apple said animals played such a big part in her recovery from breast cancer. Here she poses with a canine friend. Animal lover, Apple volunteered to walk dogs at the 2019 ABC Warrior Cornhole tournament in Boardman.

BOARDMAN – “Breast cancer doesn’t define you,” said survivor Michelle Apple. “Be inspired to help others. “

That’s exactly Apple’s intention with the Apple Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation’s annual cornhole tournament, which is held each October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This year’s cornhole tournament will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 10 at Boardman Park. It will include raffles, music, cash prizes and freebies. The cost is $ 60 per two-player team and first place is half of the total registration fees collected. Other prizes include lottery tickets and Amazon gift cards.

A bake sale, gift baskets and other fundraisers will also take place.

The money raised will be used to pay medical bills, deductibles and travel expenses not covered by insurance for local breast cancer patients during their treatment.

Apple Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation (ABC Warrior) is a local advocacy organization dedicated to raising awareness about breast care, preventing breast cancer, and raising funds to support women warriors in their fight against breast cancer. breast cancer.

Boardman founder Michelle Apple, 50, is a three-year survivor of stage 3 metastatic breast cancer who has said she is dedicated to helping others on the same difficult journey as she continues to browse.

“I wanted to help patients with financial and emotional burdens,” Apple said. “As I went through it, I received a lot of support and wanted to pay it off to the next one.”

Apple graduated from Youngstown State University on a softball scholarship. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2018, her battle included the removal of 21 cancerous lymph nodes, a mastectomy, removal of the ovaries, four months of chemotherapy and 40 sessions of radiation therapy.

A registered dietitian and former weightlifter, Apple said she established the ABC Warrior Foundation in November 2019 “to give back to others” while staying strong for her own fight.

ABC Warrior is just one of many outcomes of Apple’s desire to thank those in its life who have supported and continue to support all breast cancer research and fundraising advocates. The annual cornhole is just one of the events it organizes for this purpose.

Last month ABC Warrior sponsored a softtball tournament in Canfield.

Another event was a Comfort Bag fundraiser to deliver bags containing a gift card, lip balm, blanket with a personalized message of hope, hand lotion and sanitizer and other items to Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center in Youngstown, Hope Center in Warren and Youngstown, and an oncology hospital in Pennsylvania.

The Warriors also created comfort bags as a holiday blessing during the Christmas season.

“Fighting cancer any time of the year is tough,” Apple says on its website. “During the holiday season it gets even more emotional as cancer fighters may be in the hospital away from their families or may not feel well enough to participate in traditional holiday events. “

Other fundraisers are organized throughout the year.

“I tell all breast cancer patients that it’s important to stay as normal as possible and not let it define you,” Apple said.

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