"For when I am powerless, it is then that I am strong."
~ Saint Paul, 2Cor. 12:10
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
...and we honor those that went before us by trying to make a difference in the lives of those who will come after us.
On October 13th, I celebrate 5 Years Cancer-Free...
yes, you can clap and cheer and send oodles of good thoughts and wishes for continued good health - thank you, friends...thank you!
It's all about Breast Health
here at Get In Touch...and the best practices that we can teach our daughters with our fun & funky little Daisy Wheel!
It's never too late to GIT on board - "get in touch"
with us and we'll make it happen!
That's my "wish"
when I blow out my candles!
Mary Ann Wasil Nilan
Executive Director & Founder,
Cancer Kickin' Survivor & Health Activist
~ Upcoming Events ~
October 11, 2009
"Pretty In Pink" Brunch & "Woman of Strength" Award
October 16, 2009
"GIT Your Pink On!" Day
October 18, 2009
"Pretty In Pink" Brunch & "Woman of Strength" Award
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
October 25, 2009
"Pretty In Pink" Soiree
The Get In Touch Foundation®
"2009 Woman of Strength"
18 Year-Old Amy Brechon was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago,
the summer before entering 8th grade. An Illinois resident,
Amy discovered the lump on her breast through BSE (breast self exam)
and continues to be a role model
and "breast health ambassador" for girls everywhere.
Extra! Extra! Read all about it... Dr. Bernie Siegel rocked my world when I read his book, "Love, Medicine & Miracles" when I was only days into my breast cancer diagnosis...his language was my language...and in his new book, "faith, hope & healing" he really grabbed me in his introduction when he said, "The side effects of cancer can become the labor pains by which
we give birth to ourselves and the lives we were meant to live." Whoa - that's ME!
Here we are at Saint Raphael's Hospital in New Haven, CT (where I received my chemotherapy treatments) when he spoke at last month's "Art of Living Well Retreat" for cancer survivors. We've come full circle... Bernie and I will share the Keynote Speaker spot in the spring when we address the New England Association of School Nurses.
Pretty cool, huh?!
Click here to check out what Bernie has to say about Get In Touch!
Take a peek at what our friend, writer Meg Cabot - author of "The Princess Diaries" -
has to say about GIT in KUDOS on our website - and then click on her pic above to find out more about what our favorite "princess" is up to these days!
love, love, love the kids at East Boston High School! This is just a
handful of the intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate, polite and
super-NICE students that welcomed me at their Wellness Fair. Hungry for
ways they can be healthy and smart, it was tough to say good-bye! Remember their faces - they will do great things with their lives!
GIT Your "PINK PANTHER DRESS" ON!
Village Vogue Boutique on-the-Green in Milford, CT will feature one room in their shop
dedicated to all things PINK including dozens of gowns from the casino scene
in last year's Pink Panther movie. Starting today and continuing through October 16th,
10% from the purchase of one of these gowns will be donated to GIT!
Click here for store info.
Here I am with my new friend and "Survivor Sister" Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) in her Washington, DC office where we met in early September to discuss the Get In Touch Girls' Program & Daisy Wheels©.
At the time of our meeting, our program had been available in the United States for a little over a week and schools in thirty two states had already signed up.
The Congresswoman praised our grassroots initiative and offered
her support and endorsement.
Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz held a press conference last March to talk about her battle with breast cancer in 2008 and to introduce legislation on
The EARLY Act - Education & Awareness Requires Learning Young.
I am delighted to have been asked to help the Congresswoman bring this important piece of legislation to our great nation,
and have pledged to assist her in any way.
A member of Congress for nearly five years, this mother of three young children is an advocate of all that GIT holds dear - education, education, education!
Click here to read about The EARLY Act.
Our friends at Hebert Jewelers are partnering with
the Get In Touch Foundation®
for the month of October!
You can win this Empowerment Troll Bead Bracelet!
For each $5.00 donation you will be entered to win this Troll Bead Empowerment Bracelet, celebrating Breast Cancer Survival! The bracelet features limited edition pink beads with selected silver beads. All proceeds go directly to the Get In Touch Foundation®.
Get In Touch Foundation's Founding Member & Vice-President Suzanne Cahill-Manning
will draw the winning ticket on Saturday, Octobers 31st at Hebert Jewelers.
Hebert Jewelers . 14 Broad Street . Milford CT 06460
"Celebrating Life's Moments!"
On October 16th, "Git Your Pink On!" Day,
Wear Pink, buy jewelry and a percentage of the day's sales will go to
the Get In Touch Foundation!
$5 from the purchase of one of these super-yummy tees is donated to GIT!
Adult and Youth sizes are available.
Click on the pics & the WIBN logo for more info.Please type "GIT" in the comments box at checkout and $5 will be donated to the Get In Touch Foundation!
Friends of Get In Touch, Jenna Wilkinson Roche and Kari Candelora, are launching a new business called Sidekick Secrets that provides fundraising tools to non-profit organizations. We are pleased to announce that Jenna and Kari have decided to donate their inaugural fundraiser to the Get In Touch Foundation! They will be donating 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser to Get In Touch in honor of their Sidekick, Kirsten Frankenhoff, who lost her battle with breast cancer ten years ago. Jenna and Kari as well as Kirsten's family (see photo of Mary Ann with Kirsten's mother, Vicki Frankenoff, above) are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate Kirsten's life and make a difference for the Get In Touch Foundation.
For this fundraiser, you will have the ability to purchase a one-year membership to Sidekick Secrets for $20. As a Sidekick Secrets member, you will have access to exclusive secret discounts on unique, stylish, and creative products from spirited independent brands across the country. These products range from totally mod clothes for the kids to the finest bacon, ham and sausage; from exquisite artisan jewelry to creative educational toys and games. These products are all brought to you by incredibly dedicated entrepreneurs who care about their customers and their communities. Many have never offered discounts before.
This fundraiser will be conducted completely online!
Look for the link on the Get In Touch homepage starting October 22nd to purchase your $20 membership!
8 Things You Should Do If You've Been Diagnosed With Breast Cancer
& Need Chemotherapy
1. Let your family and friends paint your face and head and take pictures.2. Sleep on a satin pillowcase.3. Buy cute hankies - no hair in your nostrils means a constantly drippy nose.4. Be sure to stand in the rain "topless" - this is best in warmer climates, but I'm sure a little snow wouldn't bother most gals.5. Get an electric razor - underarm hair can be the last to go and razors are a no-no.6. Say "yes" to compazine.7. Say "no" to anything you don't want to do or people you don't want to see.
8. Sleep when you're tired, eat when you're hungry, move when you must.