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"As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost. And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and just keep going."
~Carrie Bradshaw


November 2009
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
"GIT Your Pink On!™" Day
GIT Pretty In Pink Events
Women's Conference
GIT News
GIT Calendar Link
Vineyard Vines® GIT Tote
Shop For a Cause
Sidekick Secrets
8 for November...
Quick Links
The Get In Touch
Girls' Program
Daisy Wheel©
Get In Touch Girls' Program video shoot
Click here to give our Daisy Wheel© a spin!

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Hello ,

We are thrilled to announce that The Oprah Magazine is coming to spend a day at the Get In Touch office in November!

The Oprah Magazine and CoverGirl have chosen me to be one of four women to be featured in a four-page spread in their February issue, entitled "Giving Beautiful Back."

15 million readers will be introduced to Get In Touch and our soon-to-be "World Famous" Daisy Wheel & Girls' Program!  Yes, that's right...15 million readers!

You can pick up your issue in mid-January - I'll keep you posted! 

So buckle up, friends, it's going to be quite a ride!

Hope Lives!
  GIT Your Gown On!
Mary Ann Wasil Nilan
Executive Director & Founder,  
Cancer Kickin' Survivor & Health Activist
~ Upcoming Events ~

March 6, 2010
1st Annual "Pretty In Pink" Brunch & "Woman of Strength" Award
Lehigh Valley, PA

GIT goes to Washington, DC!

Debbie & Mary Ann
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and I at the reception following Congressional Hearings for The EARLY Act.

EARLY Act reception
Some of The EARLY Act supporters at the US Capitol.

press conference EARLY Act
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) with Jennifer M. Luray, President, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance; Marisa C. Weiss, MD, President & Founder BREASTCANCER.ORG; Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-NC); and Dan Smith, President, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Click here to read more about The EARLY Act.
October 16th, 2009

National "GIT Your Pink On!™ Day!

Here are some great pictures from a few of the schools & businesses
that participated....

UVA Women's Crew
University of Virginia Women's Crew Team
Vineyard Vines
Vineyard Vines Headquarters - Stamford, CT
Central Elementary School, Allentown, PA
Central Elementary School Faculty - Allentown, PA
Sidekick Secrets
Sidekick Secrets - Weston, CT
Arthur Williams Middle School - Jesup, GA
Arthur Williams Middle School - Jesup, GA
SNL group shot
Stiegelbauer Associates /
Saturday Night Live Carpentry Shop - NY, NY
Our Lady of Mercy Lauralton Hall
Lauralton Hall - Milford, CT

The rest will be put up on our website as we receive them -
be sure to check back! 

(click here to see more pics)

The Get In Touch Foundation®
2009 "Pretty In Pink" Brunch
"Woman of Strength" Award
in Milford, CT
October 11, 2009

  MA PIP  Amy 
                                                  Amy Brechon - "Woman of Strength"

amy & parents 
Amy with her parents, Kathy & Mike Brechon

Click here to view our new
GIT PSA...pass it on!!

The Get In Touch Foundation®
2009 "Pretty In Pink" Brunch
"Woman of Strength" Award

at Northeastern University, Boston, MA
October 18, 2009

Emily, MA & Jen Boston PIP  Boston PIP group shot
Emily Moray, NEU Pretty In Pink Chairperson and College Youth Ambassador
with Jennifer O'Flynn, Director of Pretty In Pink Development;
some of the student guests with two-time breast cancer survivor Sheryl Mendlinger, PhD, (on my left)
NEU's "Woman of Strength."


The Get In Touch Foundation®
2009 "Pretty In Pink" Soiree
"Woman of Strength" Award

in Ventura County, California
October 25, 2009

Cali PIP
Laura Bass, five year breast cancer survivor and oncology nurse,
Ventura County, California's "Woman of Strength" with Peggie Hart, Pretty In Pink Chairperson,
Mary Ann, and GIT President Karen Moran McAndrew.

   daisy pins         Laura & Peg
 Daisy Ribbon pins for the guests...and One Meaning Couture's "I Love You Get In Touch" tee for Laura!

If you are interested in holding a "Pretty In Pink" Event in your community,
please contact us at

Some highlights from
Maria Shriver's Two-Day Women's Conference
in California last month.

  MA & Karen Women's Conference 
Karen and I arrive at the Conference Center.  
MA & Robin Roberts   
                             Here I am with "Survivor Sister" and new friend Robin Roberts.

 Arianna Huffington, etc...       
Claire Shipman (top left) moderates a session with (clockwise) the Honorable Hilda L. Solis,  U.S. Secretary of Labor; Dr. Ruth Simmons,  President of Brown University; Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour Magazine; and Arianna Huffington, of The Huffington Post.

                                                                             Elizabeth Edwards

25,000+ women are riveted to Elizabeth Edwards, Susan St. James,
Maria Shriver,
and Lisa Niemi (Patrick Swayze's widow)
as they
discuss grief, healing and resilience.

MA & Nic                    
Nic Vujicic, the inspirational young man who shares his story of 'life without limbs'  says, "There is hope until you give up."  Amen, brother.

   Martha Beck  
The incomparable life coach, Martha Beck, leads us through
the Day of Transformation.

Dr. Jane Goodall      
Dr. Jane Goodall receives one of the four Minerva Awards, and takes our breath away with a haunting impression of the sounds of a chimp from the bush.                    

The First Lady of California, Maria Shriver. 

Looking forward to 2010!
Extra!  Extra!  Read all about it...

Maria Shriver's "Women's Conference" October Blog:
"Expect the Unexpected" - by Mary Ann Wasil Nilan
 women's conference logo Relay - Me & 3
Click here to read.

  ND Salinas, CA
We are delighted to welcome our first California "Get In Touch" School -
Notre Dame High School, an all-girls school in Salinas, California in Monterey County!

Longaberger Horizon of Hope 2009   
Here I am at the Horizon of Hope event with Chairperson Maria Ammar and Margy, Longaberger Master Basket Weaver!  I was privileged to be one of the speakers
for this beautiful afternoon to benefit both Get In Touch
and the Cancer Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT. 

AETNA Wellness Fair
Lynn Ferdman stops by to say "hello" at the Aetna Wellness Fair in Hartford!

Breast Density Bill - CT
Anne Morris, Executive Director of Komen-CT, and I celebrate with our friend,
Nancy Cappello at a press conference in Hartford's Capitol building
on the eve of the Breast Density Bill becoming law in the state of CT. 
Bravo to Nancy and her tireless and successful efforts! 
Click here to find out more about this law.

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We are delighted to announce that for the second year in a row, Get In Touch has received a Vicariate Outreach Award from the Archbishop's Annual Appeal in Hartford, CT.  This $3,400.00 award will provide 3000 Connecticut girls with Daisy Wheels - Hope Lives!

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 Be sure to check our web-calendar... see what's coming up!

What "gal" wouldn't want a Vineyard Vines® Daisy Tote this Christmas?!

GIT yours here...

Vineyard Vines Daisy Tote
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Thin Thread:  A moment, event, encounter, crossroad or decision that connects us to a person, place or opportunity and changes our lives for the better.
     Thin Threads books    
We are all connected by the fragile moments in our lives. 
Either we connect to one another, to our own journey, or to a higher power.

My thin thread story was recently published in the Recovery & Survival edition of Thin Threads, a wonderful series that will be available in bookstores in November - and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit GIT!

When you make your purchase by clicking here, Thin Threads will donate half of the proceeds to Get In Touch. The books are $6.95 and make great gifts for the holidays - or to send to someone to whom you wish Recovery & Survival.  

Consider submitting your own "Thin Thread" story,
and support the Get In Touch Foundation through the purchase of books.


Thin Threads:
  Real Stories of Life Changing Moments

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Crouching Indie

...this fundraiser will be conducted completely online!
We'll let you know when the link will be on the Get In Touch homepage
so you can purchase your $20 membership...just in time for Christmas!

8 Things You Can do for Your BFF
if She's Been Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

1.    Never leave a message that says, "Call me back...."    

2.    Never stop by without calling.

3.    Never tell her you know exactly how she feels.

4.    Never tell her about anyone you know who died from breast cancer. (or any cancer, for that matter)

5.    Never tell her about anyone you know whose marriage fell apart after her breast cancer diagnosis.

6.    Never call it "boob cancer."

7.    Never tell her she doesn't need her breasts anymore.

8.    Never tell her at least she only has to have one removed.

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