The Get in Touch Foundation
"Imagination is the highest kite
one can fly."   ~ Lauren Bacall
March 2009
In This Issue
"GIT Your Gown On!" Success
Get In Touch Girls' Program
Healthy Cocktail Party!
"Get In Touch Girl!" Tees
Quick Links
In like a lion...out like a lamb! 
As soon as the snow melts, be sure to march yourself outside with a kite, turn your face into the wind - and fly, fly, fly! 
Hope Lives!
  GIT Your Gown On!
Mary Ann Wasil Nilan
Executive Director & Founder,  
Cancer Kickin' Survivor & Health Activist
 GIT Your Gown On!"GIT Your Gown On!"      
... a terrific success! 
The Bridge House Restaurant in Milford, CT was abuzz with brides-to-be last month, who purchased a ticket for $100 and received a brand new bridal gown as a door prize!
Mother and daughter, Jorrell and Amy Horrocks are all smiles with Get In Touch Founder & Executive Director, Mary Ann Wasil Nilan.  Amy found the gown of her dreams and we are delighted to have been a part of making that dream come true.
Special thanks to our sponsor, Milford Living Magazine, and Chris Saley, host and owner of the Bridge House Restaurant.
The Get in Touch FoundationGet In Touch
Girls' Program
We're thrilled to announce the pilot launch of the
Get In Touch Girls' Program in Milford,CT schools 
this May!
The Get In Touch Girls' Program was developed specifically for girls in grades 5-12 to educate them on the importance of, and how to do a breast self exam. 

In collaboration with a medical consulting board that includes a school nurse, a pediatrician, an oncologist, a breast surgeon and a radiologist, GIT has developed the Daisy Wheel, a highly innovative tool to be introduced by health educators to girls beginning in 5th grade, when introducing topics of hygiene and the girls' changing bodies, through 12th grade.  These "Eight Tips" for "Eight-Straight" years of the Girls' Program will give the girls the foundation they need to practice BSE - for life
Focus groups participating in the development of this program included girls ages 8-18, as well as the the outstanding and especially supportive school nurses from the City of Milford, CT.  These ladies joined me in December 2007 in the final critique and ultimate seal of approval - theirs!   
Already being heralded in the medical community as a tool that will significantly alter the face of Breast Cancer, the Daisy Wheel will be available in CT schools in 2009, New England schools in 2010, and nationally in 2011.

Ours is a global initiative; we aim to put a Daisy Wheel in the hands of every girl in the world! 

We understand the desire for a speedy global implementation, however, at this time, we are a volunteer-based organization and realize that this global initiative is a marathon and that we must pace ourselves by walking and not give in to the strong desire to sprint!  Please be patient and know that we are working hard to "change the world one girl at a time!"

If you are interested in having the Get In Touch Girls' Program at your school, please ask your School Nurse to contact us at  (If you are outside of CT or the New England area, please have the Executive Director of Nursing for your municipality or state contact us regarding our timeline for expected national and international implementation.) 
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healthy cocktailNew Haven Hair & Skin Studio
 cordially invites you to a
 "Healthy Cocktail Party"
Tuesday, March 31, 6pm
Join Andrea, Doreen, and the girls from NHHS for a "Powerful Image" Seminar and "Healthy Cocktail Party" hosted by Broadway Babe and Miss America Runner-Up, Kristin Huffman.   All proceeds benefit Get In Touch!
New Haven Hair & Skin Studio
266 Quinnipiac Avenue
North Haven, CT 
 Advance Reservations are required, tickets are $20 each.
Limited to 20 guests.
RSVP to New Haven Hair & Skin Studio at 203.776.6447.
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Beauty...from the inside out!   
Get In Touch Girl! Tee Shirts Now Available"Get In Touch Girl!" 
Tees Available
Cotton candy pink, long-sleeved, 100% cotton tees are available for purchase.  Shirts are $15 and come in adult sizes - Small, Medium & Large. 
To purchase, stop by the GIT office,
call Mary Ann at 203.283.5127,
                        Makes a great "Think Pink For Spring" gift!