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"Walking the course today I saw the sun kind of peek through the clouds and I know she's here. I dedicate everything I've done to her."  

~ Taylor Ritzel, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, dedicating her Gold Medal row to her late mother, Lana


August 2012
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Taylor & MA gold medal

The London 2012 Olympics are still underway and while I certainly celebrate each athlete from each country, whether they medal or not, there is one special young lady I especially celebrate, admire, and love.  

Taylor Ritzel is the daughter of Lana Ritzel, the inspiration behind the "Laces For Lana" campaign that the Yale Women's Crew team began to benefit Get In Touch after Lana's passing from breast cancer in November 2010.

Taylor promised her mother she would continue her quest for a seat in an Olympic boat...and I promised Taylor I would be there when she raced.  

Promises fulfilled...Taylor raced to Gold in the US Women's 8+ boat on August 3rd...and I was there to cheer her on!  

A mother's legacy...a daughter's promise...nothing could stand in the way.

Please enjoy the pics (scroll to the end of this newsletter) of our traveling Daisy Wheel, spotted all over London-town during our 2012 Olympics adventure - including one very special Gold medal photo-op!

Hope Lives!

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

Spotlight on Schools:  


I was delighted to have been invited to be the keynote speaker at the Maine School Nurse Summer Institute at Bates College - so grateful for the warm welcome!



What can we say...we were inspired by the London 2012 Olympics! 






We're in every state in the US, but not in every county, yet...


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Laces in London!    


We couldn't be more proud of Taylor Ritzel (fourth from left) and her teammates on the U.S. Women's 8+ Olympic Rowing team, winning GOLD for Team USA!




The U.S. Women's 8+ have been big supporters of "Laces For Lana," and since these ladies have been sporting their laces for over a year now, we believe a fair amount of training took place in them...and so we are honored and know in our hearts that when you wear "Laces For Lana," great things can happen!


Have you got your laces yet?  If not, check them out here. 


Click here to see an interview with Taylor about the gold medal win, 

and here to see an interview with her sister and dad.


Can you tell how proud we are?!

Tennis, Anyone?

Lehigh Country Club was pinker than usual on July 19, when pink-clad players participated in our first Pretty in Pink Tennis Event.  It was a great morning of camaraderie while building awareness and raising funds for GIT.
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More Dates to Save - PA is Hoppin'!

Aug2012-RoeysPaintboxOn August 9 we'll have a fun Girls' Night Out at Roey's Paintbox Parties in Bethlehem, PA.  If you're convinced you can't paint, think again! Join us and learn how to paint this Gerbera daisy, our favorite flower, and then take home your work of art.
Pittsburgh, PA is going Pretty In Pink!  The University Club will be the site of the August 19th event to honor Woman of Strength Debbie Constantino, a NICU nurse at Magee Hospital.  Our own Tracey Saab will be speaking at the brunch, which will run from 11am to 2pm.  For more info, click here.

Our friends at Melt Grill will host their second Little Pink Dress party on October 18.  If you're in the Center Valley, PA area, stop by and support GIT while enjoying a wonderful Italian meal with a modern twist. 


For more info about these and other events that support us, please contact Tracey Saab, our National Events Coordinator -

Pretty In Pink, perhaps?  
Pretty In Pink
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8 Daisy Wheel© sightings in and around LONDON 2012... 
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Trafalgar Square                  Windsor Sidewalk                  Tower Bridge  
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  Shakespeare's Globe                Windsor Castle                Oxford University  

Big Ben        Aug2012-Wheel-Taylor

        Big Ben (little Daisy Wheel!)         Our fave - Gold Medalist Taylor Ritzel!


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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 65 countries, so far, making our mission to "change the world one girl at a time" a global reality! 


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