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"If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."
  ~ Dolly Parton   


March 2011
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Spotlight on Schools
Laces for Lana
GITtin' Their Pink On
Pretty in Pink
News from the Board
8 for March
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Girls' Program  

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                                            no rain no rainbow

Hello ,

We've had a snowy winter here in the Northeast, which should make for a lush and very green spring!

It's the attitude I take with life, as well is with weather.

Yes, I can actually imagine a rainbow in the middle of the rainstorm...and this attitude meant I was also able to visualize a free program that could educate girls worldwide on the importance of breast self exam right while I was in the middle of my own breast cancer "challenge."

How do you see life and life's challenges?

Next time it's raining, try out my theory to see if it makes you feel better - I guarantee it will make those around you feel better.

Spring is on the way!

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

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we are in 42 states - but NOT YOURS! 

Click here to sign up and join us as we "change the world one girl at a time!"


~ Upcoming Events ~   


March 2011:  International School Nurses of Asia Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


April 30, 2011:  Harvard University "Pretty In Pink" Event 


June 2011:  National Association of School Nurses Conference, Washington, D.C. 

Spotlight on Schools


GIT has made its way to Lower Macungie Middle School, located in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley.  Health Educator Katrina Rainford launched the Girls Program in May 2010 by delivering Daisy Wheels to 70 7th grade girls.  During the 2010-11 school year, another 200 will be distributed.  


Teresa and Katrina

Field hockey team captain Teresa Carotenuto, age 14, led a GIT Your Pink On Day, resulting in the sale of 600 "I Got Pink'd" t-shirts.  Not only did she raise $700 for us, she also addressed the attendees at our recent Lehigh Valley Pretty in Pink Brunch, (pictured below) sharing with the audience how proud she is to be a voice for GIT.  Teresa's got family members and friends who've been diagnosed with breast cancer, some of whom have been battling it for years.  She's proud of how positive they remain, and values programs like ours that help promote education for teenagers.  


(Photo by Lisa Russell - Copyright 2011)    

THANK YOU to Laces For Lana! 

I stopped by Yale University on January 31 to lend a hand at Laces for Lana's hot pink shoelace sale.  Over 1,000 pair of laces have been sold already, and requests are coming in from other universities eager to jump on board and sell them, too!  I'm so proud of the gals who are making this happen, and grateful to every one of the students sporting "Laces For Lana" to benefit Get In Touch!
To order your very own, very pink laces, email Laces For Lana by clicking here.
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Click here to read more about Laces For Lana in the Yale Daily News

GITtin' Their Pink On


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Thanks to J.R. Peters, Inc. for sponsoring a GIT Your Pink On Day, and also for being a Silver Sponsor of the Lehigh Valley Pretty In Pink Brunch.  Not only did company employees wear custom pink tees to work, they also created a special PINK plant fertilizer sample just for the PIP Brunch attendees.  Now THAT's support!  

Pretty In Pink Goes to PA 

Allentown, PA's Lehigh Country Club was rockin' on February 12!  170 attendees showed their support of GIT and honored Kristin Parks and Liz Cistone, recipients of the Women of Strength Award.  Our PA friends raised $11,000, which means 11,000 Daisy Wheels for 11,000 girls!

Kristin Parksdaisy pins Lehigh Valley Liz Cistone

Many thanks to the sponsors, and to Tracey Snyder Saab (GIT National Events Coordinator) and her team, for helping to make the Brunch such a success.
And check out those yummy cupcakes:
  Sugar Babe Cupcakes "Pretty in Pink" cupcakes not only taste great, but every time one is sold, we benefit! 
PIP photos by Lisa Russell Copyright 2011  
News from the Board 

We're pleased to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors!


As part of our Events Committee, Claudine May will chair the auction at our 2011 Pretty in Pink Brunch in Milford, as well as develop an online auction community for a wider, national reach.  Having a sister who is a breast cancer survivor and a daughter who is a Youth Ambassador for GIT, Claudine is a huge advocate of taking one's health into her own hands and in this case, literally. "The Get In Touch Foundation advocates for the youth, in teaching them the importance of knowing and understanding their bodies," says Claudine. 

Sarah Nikkel
is a former educator with experience in marketing and development. She joins the board's Development Committee in working to develop contacts at CT hospitals, medical centers, cancer centers and breast centers so we can begin to promote (and sell)
our Daisy Wheels to them.  (While schools receive them for free, we ask that other institutions pay for them to help defray our costs.) Long before she had a daughter, Sarah wanted to find a way to help girls accept, respect, and love themselves and their bodies. Like Paul Newman, she thinks that "in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out." 

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8 Ways to Buy Pink and Support GIT's Crusade Against Breast Cancer

  1. GIT Gear  
  2. Laces for Lana Shoelaces 
  3. Vineyard Vines GIT Logo Tote Bag 
  4. Bright Starts Baby Gear 
  5. Shop for a Cause 
  6. Become a GIT Sponsor 
  7. GIT Your Pink On! 
  8. Breast Cancer ribbon on your lapel

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