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~ Lucimarian Roberts, mother of Robin Roberts


December 2009

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
GIT Press Release
A Diary of Healing
"GIT Your Pink On!™" Day
The "O Team!"
GIT News
GIT Calendar Link
Sidekick Secrets
Vineyard Vines® GIT Tote
Thin Threads
8 for December...
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 ,

Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

May your holiday and your new year be filled with all we hold so, friends and good health!

Take a moment to remember those less fortunate than you - then reach out and make a difference in their lives.  You can do it.  And you will feel so alive!

Let us know what your New Year's Resolution is for 2010...send us an e-mail and we'll publish some of the most ambitious in our January newsletter...that should help keep you on track!!!!

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

March 14-16, 2010
Overseas School Health Nurses Assocation
2010 Conference
Kaiserslautern, Germany

GIT Press Release:  Recent USPSTF Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

      "The mission of The Get In Touch Foundation is clear - to encourage gals of all ages to "get in touch" with their bodies, information and each other in our crusade against breast cancer.

          BSE, mammography, ultrasound and MRI are all tools that provide a woman with information that could potentially save her life.  One woman's breast cancer diagnosis means countless lives are affected.  We all benefit when women are healthy and informed.

While frustrated with the breast cancer screening recommendations in the recently released USPSTF report, I am ever the optimist, believing the conversation and the passion it has ignited is a silver lining that will educate more women - and men! - than any conventional educational and awareness campaign!" 

Mary Ann Wasil Nilan
Executive Director & Founder,
The Get In Touch Foundation®

A Diary of Healing
.A Diary of Healing promo card info
 In 2006, World Press Photo awarded photojournalist Christopher Capozziello
Third Place in the category of Contemporary Issues Story, for "A Diary of Healing,"
first published in the October 2005 issue of TIME Magazine.

Christopher spent hundreds of hours shooting over 12,000 photographs and hundreds of hours of audio recordings of my "wellness challenge"...
breast mastectomy...and breast reconstruction. 

*This four and a half minute piece includes some of those photographs and interviews,
including photographs taken during surgery. (*please be advised that some content is graphic)

 A full-length documentary is currently in production. 

Contact information for the photographic exhibit is available at the end of the video. 

(click the picture and then A Diary of Healing on that site to view the video)

National "GIT Your Pink On!©" Day!

was October 16th, 2009

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

Saint Ann School - Milford, CT
Saint Ann School - boys
May Carrigan Middle School - West Haven, CT
May Carrigan MS
FDNY @ Stiegelbaur Associates - NYC, NY
OnDeck Mortgage Services - Trumbull, CT
OnDeck Mortgage Services
Tangoe - Orange, CT

Find more on our website -
click on schools or businesses

(click here to see more pics)

Get In Touch Girls' Program video shoot

The "O Team" visited Get In Touch last month...
here are some highlights of the 8 hours that included a makeover courtesy of CoverGirl!

O Mags

  Oprah shoot #1  Oprah shoot #2
We shot some photos outside the Get In Touch office in the Devon section of Milford.  (Yes, that's our red & white striped awning and our hot-pink front door!)  The "O Team" included an art director, a photographer and assistant, a videographer and assistant, a wardrobe stylist, a hair & makeup artist, and the "O" promotions manager!
  Oprah shoot #3  Oprah shoot #4

Even Milford Mayor Jim Richetelli joined in the fun when we continued our shoot behind City Hall-
running an extension cord from his office in City Hall out the back door, over the balcony,
and alongside the duck pond near the waterfall, where we needed power for an extra lighting source -
the "O Team" loved the warm-Milford-welcome! 

Be sure to pick up the February 2010 issue in mid-January!
Extra! Extra! Read all about it...

Lauralton Pumpkin Catapult 2009
Lauralton Hall AP Physics Class "Launch Pumpkins" for Breast Cancer

Lauralton Hall, the all-girls high school located right here in GIT's hometown of Milford, CT, held a most-unusual fundraiser for GIT last month!   Lauralton's Advanced Placement physics class, under the direction of Science Department Chair Theresa Napolitano, used pumpkin catapults designed and built by the students to help raise funds for Get In Touch.

The catapult launch raised $2,200 for The Get In Touch Foundation in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Theresa Napolitano stated that "breast cancer has touched the lives of many members of the community through family and friends and this is a small activity in which we can participate to do our part to help.  This contest not only taught the students a great deal about physics, but also helped raise much needed funds for a most worthy cause."

Look out world!  Here comes a generation of smart, healthy girls...
"changing the world one girl at a time!"

Thank you, Lauralton Hall - Hope Lives!!

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

SIDEKICK SECRETS is finally here...

...10 days only - November 19th thru November 29th...

Crouching Indie

...this fundraiser is conducted completely online!

Click here to order your Sidekick Secrets Membership Card!

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Purchase your $20 membership...just in time for Christmas...
100% of your membership purchase is donated to Get In Touch! 
Membership Cards make a perfect Christmas Gift for teens, college students, or for that hard-to-buy-for-someone who already has everything.

(Green Goods 2 Give & 2 Get)
Recycled Billboard Bags

"G.I.T. Rayne Wristlet"

GG2G wristlet

One-of-a-kind! Made from recycled billboard exterior. Featuring a pink zipper closure (large interior pocket) and bangle strap, 2 inside pockets, invisible magnetic snap fold closure.
9 1/2" x 5"

SmartGlass™ bangle made from recycled bottles.

Note: Your wristlet will not look exactly like this one as they are all one of a kind.
Upon checkout, please state your preference for either pale or bright colors or solid black.
All have pink zipper and pink bangle strap.

20% of your purchase goes to the Get In Touch Foundation.

(click on the pic to go to directly to their site)
Is this yummy bag on your Christmas list?

GIT your Vineyard Vines® Daisy Tote here...

Vineyard Vines Daisy Tote
(click on the pic)

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


Thin Threads:
  Real Stories of Life Changing Moments

8 More Things You Should Never Say
to a Woman Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

1.    At least you already have a husband.
2.    At least your husband loves you.
3.    At least you only have to have a lumpectomy.
4.    At least you don't have to have chemotherapy.
5.    At least it's not in your lymph nodes.
6.    At least it's only Stage 1.
7.    At least it's only Stage 2.
8.    At least it's only breast cancer - it could be worse.

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