"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."
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!
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!
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and I at the reception following Congressional Hearings for The EARLY Act.
Some of The EARLY Act supporters at the US Capitol.
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
University of Virginia Women's Crew Team
Vineyard Vines Headquarters - Stamford, CT
Central Elementary School Faculty - Allentown, PA
Sidekick Secrets - Weston, CT
Arthur Williams Middle School - Jesup, GA
Stiegelbauer Associates /
Saturday Night Live Carpentry Shop - NY, NY
Lauralton Hall - Milford, CTThe rest will be put up on our website as we receive them -
be sure to check back!
(click here to see more pics)
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2009 "Pretty In Pink" Brunch
"Woman of Strength" Award
in Milford, CT
October 11, 2009
Amy Brechon - "Woman of Strength"
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 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 Laura Bass, five year breast cancer survivor and oncology nurse,
October 25, 2009
Ventura County, California's "Woman of Strength" with Peggie Hart, Pretty In Pink Chairperson,
Mary Ann, and GIT President Karen Moran McAndrew. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some highlights from
Maria Shriver's Two-Day Women's Conference
in California last month.
Karen and I arrive at the Conference Center.
Here I am with "Survivor Sister" and new friend Robin Roberts.
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.
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.
Nic Vujicic, the inspirational young man who shares his story of 'life without limbs' says, "There is hope until you give up." Amen, brother.
The incomparable life coach, Martha Beck, leads us through
the Day of Transformation.
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 Click here to read. 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!
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.
Lynn Ferdman stops by to say "hello" at the Aetna Wellness Fair in Hartford!
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.
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!
Be sure to FAN us!
What "gal" wouldn't want a Vineyard Vines® Daisy Tote this Christmas?!
GIT yours here...
(click on the pic)
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.
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.
HOPE LIVES and CONNECTS us!
Thin Threads: Real Stories of Life Changing Moments
SIDEKICK SECRETS is coming...
...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.