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"Forever is composed of nows."
~ Emily Dickinson


January 2010
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Branches of Hope
The Oprah Magazine
GIT News
GIT Calendar
"Thin Threads" Video
Graffi*tee Studios & GIT
8 for January...
Quick Links
The Get In Touch
Girls' Program
Daisy Wheel©
Get In Touch Girls' Program video shoot
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Hello ,

Happy New Year!

We LOVED 2009, so we are super-excited to see what 2010 will bring our way!

We know it brings Oprah, the EARLY Act, Waves of Gratitude and an "Oh yeah? Watch me!" attitude! 

It brings a "Get In Touch" magazine and a trip to Germany to introduce our Girls' Program to school nurses from all over the world.

It brings the first 100,000 Daisy Wheels, which are hot off the press and will be making their way into the hands of girls across the United States, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy. 

It brings us the greatest joy of all to "change the world one girl at a time." 

Change starts with "just one girl."  We're going to give her the tools she needs and deserves to be smart and healthy...2010 brings her the Daisy Wheel!

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

February 16, 2010
Mary Ann speaks at Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

Branches of Hope necklace
Branches of Hope

In an effort to share their gratitude for early breast cancer
detection and prevention, Waves of Gratitude
will donate $3 from every purchase
of a signature Large Branches of Hope necklace to
the Get In Touch Foundation through February 28, 2010.

Individuals who want to purchase the necklace can
use coupon code "InTouch" at checkout
to receive 15% off.

Inspired by the strength and magnificence of the Cyprus tree,
this stunning piece is cast in solid sterling silver
and accompanied by an elegant Swarovski crystal
attached carefully by hand with a wrapped silver cord.

Waves of Gratitude logo

Click on the Branches of Hope pendant to visit the Waves of Gratitude website. 

Click the Waves of Gratitude logo above to read the unique story about how
Waves of Gratitude Founder Kim Wierman and Get In Touch Founder Mary Ann Wasil Nilan first met.

Get In Touch Girls' Program video shoot

The "O Team" spent a day with me at Get In Touch in November and  I am proud to be one of four women to receive The Oprah Magazine CoverGirl "Giving Beautiful Back" Award!

Thank you Oprah & CoverGirl!

O Mags

Be sure to pick up the February 2010 issue on newsstands in mid-January!

HOR seal

My friend and fellow breast cancer survivor,
ongresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20)
recently issued an exciting Press Release about the
Breast Cancer EARLY (Education & Awareness Requires Learning Young) Act. 

"I am delighted that the EARLY Act has been included as part of the Senate's health reform bill, and that we are a giant step closer to ensuring that all young women have the tools and resources they need to practice good breast health and detect breast cancer early," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20).

Having the EARLY Act included in the Senate health reform package puts us
one step closer to seeing it become the law of the land! 

Thank you, Debbie, for looking out for us and for our daughters.

Click on the above seal to read the Press Release in its entirety.

EARLY Act w/Debbie & Susan
Mary Ann with US Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20)
and Susan Genn from the Maryland Commission for Women.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it...

Bravo to BIC!
Here I am with Bonnie S. Jones, Assistant - Group Stationery Manufacturing and
Bic Sr. Vice President & General Manager Chris Mills. 
I was invited to speak to employees about the importance of mammography
the week before a mammography van was scheduled to visit BIC. 
KUDOS to BIC for providing this tremendous service to its employees
and for asking me to join them in this most helpful informational Q&A. 
In addition to the dozens of women that joined us that day,
several men participated and had thoughtful and important questions,
anxious to bring the answers home to the women in their lives. 
Thank you, BIC, Bonnie and Chris...well done!

Get In Touch Girls' Program video shoot     MA BIC w/gals

KUDOS to The Milford Bank Foundation, who awarded a total of $13,000 to the following local non-profit organizations, including The Get In Touch Foundation - Boys & Girls Village; Charitable Hands Foundation, Ltd.; Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven; Emerge, Inc.; Good Shepherd Child Development Center; Mi...lford Preservation Trust; Special Olympics of CT; Square One Theater Company; Stratford Business Education Support Team; Stratford Senior Services; United Way of Milford and Young Parent Program of Milford, Inc.

Waves of Gratitude logo
I am privileged to be pictured here with some of the most wonderful and hardworking people in our community - BRAVO & Congratulations to all!

Pink Glove video
YouTube Superstars!
We know you've seen it, but we just couldn't resist adding it to our newsletter
for those of you that would love to see it again! 

I spoke with the folks at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
in Portland, Oregon when there were less than 80,000 hits on this
now infamous video that just topped 6 million views;
they told me every employee in this video volunteered enthusiastically
because they had each been affected profoundly by breast cancer. 

I know I'm a big goofball, but I cry every time I watch it!
to you Providence St. Vincent's..
.and thank you for making millions smile!

(click on the pic to watch the video)

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

Warrior Tee Window To My World

If you're the kind of fierce 'n feisty "Warrior" chick whose motto is
"Oh yeah?...Watch me!" -
this Graffi*tee is perfect gear for 2010!

We've been chosen as a Chari*tee by our new friends at
Graffi*tee Studios

They have designed this fierce 'n feisty "Warrior" tee and
"Window To My World" wall art exclusively for Get In Touch.

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Click here to visit their very cool website...and "GIT Your Warrior On!"

8 More Books You Should Read if You've Been Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

1.  Saving Graces by Elizabeth Edwards

2.  Living Through Breast Cancer by Carolyn Kaelin

3.  The Race is Run One Step at a Time by Nancy Brinker

4.  Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book by Susan M. Love, MD

5.  Just Get Me Through This! by Deborah Cohen and Robert M. Gelfand, MD

6.  B.O.O.B.S.: A Bunch of Outrageous Breast Cancer Survivor Tell Their Stories of Courage, Hope and Healing by Ann Fisher

7.  Thanks for the Mammogram!: Fighting Cancer with Faith, Hope and a Healthy Dose of Laughter by Laura Jensen

8.  The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming: And Other Lessons I Learned from Breast Cancer by Jennie Nash
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