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"Always have hope."
~ Laura Ling, Journalist


August 2011
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Hello ,

We always move in the direction of "hope" here

Hope street sign

at Get In Touch.


It is the very essence of who we are, the founding principle that led to the creation of our global educational breast health initiative that empowers girls to "get in touch" with their bodies. 


As we approach the second anniversary of the formal launch of the Get In Touch Girls' Program & Daisy Wheels, I can't help but think of the 100,000+ girls who have already received Daisy Wheels, and the "hope" I have for them...and how grateful I am to YOU for joining us on our mission, our "journey of hope!" 


Hope Lives!


  GIT Your Gown On!
Mary Ann Wasil Nilan
President, CEO & Founder, 
Breast Cancer Kickin' Survivor & Health Activist 
The Get In Touch Foundation
is proud to announce our

"2011 Women of Strength"

Dr. Silber

Andrea Silber, MD,

Medical Oncologist, Father Michael McGivney Center for Cancer Care at
St. Raphael Hospital, New Haven, CT




Nancy Cappello, PhD,

Breast Cancer Survivor & Founder of "Are You Dense?"



Both women will be honored at the 7th Annual "Pretty In Pink" Brunch

 on Sunday, October 9th at Great River Golf Club in Milford, CT


Click here for details and to learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities.

Only Seven More to Go!



We're in 43 states - but NOT YOURS!   


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

Spotlight on Schools - We LOVE School Nurses! 


Aug2011-NASN Welcome to the many new subscribers, all NASN conference attendees, to this month's newsletter!  Mary Ann was thrilled to be a speaker at the National Association of School Nurses conference in Washington, D.C., and Get In Touch is looking forward to welcoming you into the GIT family as you enroll your schools in the Girls' Program.  Thanks for helping us make our mission a movement! 

And the latest country to join us is...    

NIGERIA!  We're thrilled to know that breast health education is going deeper into Africa with the assistance of Adesola Ogunfowokan, an instructor at Obafemi Awolowo University's nursing program.  By distributing Daisy Wheels to the nursing students, the message for breast health education will spread into villages and cities, sharing vital information with girls across the country.  Great job, Adesola!

Some Serious Horsin' Around for GIT          


Aug2011-UPHAPinkLogoOn July 23, the Dream Arena in Gloucester, NJ was filled with horses and riders, all there for the UPHA Children's Benefit Horse Show Pink Ribbon Night.  As part of its Pink Ribbon Program, the United Professional Horsemen's Association spotlights various organizations that promote breast health and breast cancer prevention.   


We were honored to not only benefit from some of the proceeds of the show, but also to receive a special donation of $10,000 because Chapter 15's Children's Benefit is one of the top five UPHA fundraisers in the country.  Eileen Scully, Chair of GIT's Board of Directors, and Tracey Saab, GIT's National Events Coordinator, were thrilled to accept the donation check from these lovely girls!  


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Check Out Our App!

We are over the moon about the Daisy Wheel© App!  If you're an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone user, go to the iTunes App Store and download it for free.  If you love it as much as we do, we'd be grateful if you'd help us spread the word by telling your friends and writing a review, too. 



Vespa Fever!

Aug2011-VespaGirls Aug2011-VespaFamilyThe limited edition Pink Vespas have hit the Lehigh Valley, and people are in love!  Here are a couple of photos of some admirers who stopped by Melt Restaurant and Prudential Patt, White Real Estate for a closer look. Ten Lehigh Valley, PA retailers are selling tickets for a chance to win one, and a portion of the proceeds will be made to GIT.  If you can picture yourself cruising along on one of these fine pink machines, click here for ticket sales info.


~ Upcoming Events ~


September 2011:

Little Pink Dress Party - Village Vogue Boutique, Milford, CT - 9/15


October 2011:

7th Annual Pretty In Pink Brunch - Great River Golf Club, Milford, CT - 10/9 

Little Pink Dress Party - Melt Restaurant, Center Valley, PA - 10/13 

Eurosports Pink Vespa Fundraisers - Various Lehigh Valley Locations & Dates 

8 ways to kick cancer's butt...      


Here's how Mary Ann is showing up at her chemo appointments - some pretty stylish ways to show cancer who's boss! 

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Read more about her shoes, and the rest of her "intense and meaningful" journey, here.  

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