The Get In Touch Foundation logo
"Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy... nurses are rarely short on caring."

~ Sharon Hudacek, RN, EdD, author of 
"A Daybook for Nurses" 


May 2012
Quick Links


The Get In Touch  

Girls' Program  

& Daisy Wheel©  

Daisy Wheel©

Click our Daisy Wheel© to give it a spin!



School Nurses or  

Health Educators  

click here  

to sign up for the  


Get In Touch Girls' Program & Daisy Wheel©.


 LH Beautiful YouTube pic 

Click the pic to watch our BEAUTIFUL video! 


Laces for Lana Logo

Click here to "Lace Up"  

for Get In Touch!


Click here to read  

Mary Ann's blog!  


School Nurses Day 2012                                            



National School Nurse Day is May 9th!  


May is a special month...we celebrate our mothers, we honor our fallen soldiers, and here at Get In Touch, we join with schools across the United States to pay particular tribute to School Nurses - grateful for all they do to care for our most precious gift - our children. 


More than 76,000 School Nurses are on the front lines of healthcare for children in our great nation, and oftentimes, they are the only form of healthcare a child may ever have.


Along with our friends at the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), we honor these unsung heroes...

from New Hampshire to New Mexico...Massachusetts to Montana...Alabama to Alaska...the Netherlands to Nigeria...South Korea to Spain...we are in awe of the sacrifices School Nurses all over the globe make to provide exemplary care, extraordinary compassion, and lifesaving education to our children.


If you have an opportunity to do so, remember to "thank a School Nurse" - not just on May 9th, but as often as you can. 


School Nurses provide us all with a healthy future.


Hope Lives!

  GIT Your Gown On!
Mary Ann Wasil Nilan
President, CEO & Founder, 
Breast Cancer Kickin' Survivor & Health Activist  

Spotlight on Schools:  Nigeria 


This letter reminds us of why we do what we do here at GIT:


Dear Mary Ann: 


I am Dr. Adesola Ogunfowokan, a nurse lecturer in Nigeria whose area of interest is in school health. I am not a resident school nurse but I usually visit schools to conduct research and carry out school health services. I came across The Get In Touch Foundation during the 2012 Annual Conference of the NASN in Washington, DC. It's my great pleasure to be associated with The Get In Touch Foundation.

I feel highly fulfilled to be able to impart this generation for health promotion most especially being able to lead young girls to be responsible for their health. The Daisy Wheel was used to educate young girls on breast self examination in a public school in Nigeria (West Africa) yesterday (April 4th, 2012). It was a time of fun for both myself and the students. Although we were unable to make it a pink day it was a day used to commemorate the World Health Day which is to come up on the 7th April. The students and the teachers were excited about the teaching. In fact, the teachers that missed the teaching session wished they could have the opportunity again. At the end of the session, a pack (10 pieces) of the Daisy Wheels was left with the school nurse as resource material for teaching the students on BSE. 

 May 2012-Nigeria3May2012-Nigeria2
Some of the pictures taken at the event are attached to this mail. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be associated with The Get In Touch Foundation and to impart the lives of young girls.


I still wish to get more Daisy Wheels so that I can reach as many girls as possible in Nigeria. Well done!


Adesola A. Ogunfowokan (RN; PhD; FWACN)
Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
College of Health Sciences
Obafemi Awolowo University
Ile-Ife, Nigeria, West Africa  

McKinney Boyd High School Does it Again 


 Our friend, fellow-breast cancer-survivor and school nurse Valerie Wright emailed us recently with an update on the goings-on at her Texas school.  She writes:  "Our McKinney Boyd HS Boys soccer team sold t-shirts with "Wrighteous" on the back in honor of little old me.  They had a "Pink Out the Pitch" soccer game on March 5, 2012.  It was a wonderful night!  Attached is the picture of me with the boys the day they presented me with the shirt they created.  I was so surprised!!   



I am speaking to the girls during their health classes and PE classes next week - I can't wait!


Things are looking good now and I'm feeling good....trying to keep up with all these kiddos here at Boyd High School!!


All the best to you!  Be Bold....Be Boyd!!



Valerie sent a check for $250, representing funds raised for GIT at the "Pink Out the Pitch" soccer game, the fourth "GIT Your Pink On!"® event held there in the last year.  Thanks, McKinney Boyd, for being such big fans of both Valerie and GIT! 

Only TWO More to Go! 48 states - map



Calling all school nurses in HAWAII and OREGON... 


...we're in 48 states - but NOT YOURS!   


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

United Way Distinguished Service Award

The United Way of Milford, CT recently held its Community Builders Recognition luncheon, and "celebrating our local treasures" was the theme.  I was proud to receive the Distinguished Service Award and delighted to be joined by some of our GIT board members, a local treasure I am honored to work with and celebrate alongside of!
NYC Bridal Week 
Our friends at Victoria Nicole were busy this past month, showing their fall collection at New York's Bridal Week events.  Proudly displayed along with the collection was GIT's Daisy Wheel©, which is given to each bride along with her new Victoria Nicole dress. Tracey Saab, our National Events Coordinator, visited the show and posed with the models, too!
Paris at the Shore...

Calling all of our Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts shoreline friends...
join us for an afternoon of boutique shopping, fashion shows, 
light French fare, and all things Parisian!
"Paris at the Shore"  will be presented by Venetucci Home in Westbrook CT, 
Sunday, May 20th from 1-4pm, admission is free.  
Fashion designer Jimmy Johansmeyer will be introducing his collection of 
vintage-inspired swing coats with a modern twist, 
and our friend WTNH-TV's Ann Nyberg will be emceeing the event. 


...tres magnifique!

For more info, call Venetucci Home at 860-399.6477.
  Click if you would like to make a donation to The Get In Touch Foundation.

 make a donation button

The Get In Touch Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,  

Employer Identification #32-0196983; ID#52443; CT Tax ID#45501418

8 Great Quotes about Nurses...



1.  "The door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to swing open widely for me."  ~Clara Barton     


2.  "Nurses are patient people."  ~Unknown  


3.  "Nurses are the heart of healthcare."  ~Donna Wilk Cardillo 


4.  "Nurses are angels in comfortable shoes."  ~Unknown  


5.  "Caring is the essence of nursing." ~Jean Watson  


6.  "Nurses - one of the few blessings of being ill."  ~Sara Moss-Wolfe


7.  "Nurses can take the pressure."  ~Unknown  


8.  "Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription."  ~Val Saintsbury

Have You Downloaded Our App Yet?

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.  It's been downloaded in 61 countries, so far, making our mission to "change the world one girl at a time" a global reality! 


     Find us on Facebook

If you have any questions or want to help Get In Touch spread the word, contact us at and we'll help you out!