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"Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons."

~ Ruth Ann Schabacker

June / July 2015
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We've opened one "gift" after another in the last few weeks here at The Get In Touch Foundation!

We participated in our seventh National Association of School Nurses Conference, which was held in Philadelphia this year. 

Over 1,300 attendees gathered to share, learn, and support each other as they minister to children on the front lines of health care, not just here in the US, but internationally, as well.

School Nurses from 23 US states, the District of Columbia, and 3 countries placed orders for over 39,000 Daisy Wheels during the five-day conference! 

It is our privilege each year to work with School Nurses who implement our Get In Touch Girls' Program with our life saving Daisy Wheel.

These School Nurses have become family to us, as have Susan and Rob Rogers, our good friends at School Health with whom we are pleased to announce a very special partnership with our Youth Ambassador $10,000 Collegiate Scholarship!

We've got lots of happy pictures to share with you in this of our friends who have become family...the "gift" in our lives!

Hope Lives!
Mary Ann's signature
Mary Ann Wasil
President, CEO & Founder,
Breast Cancer Kickin' Survivor & Health Activist 
We LOVE School Nurses
I spent two days in Booth 613 at the National Association of School Nurses Conference in Philadelphia with Get In Touch Board Member Lucia Aschettino - we met hundreds of School Nurses, many of whom already implement our program in their schools, and many who couldn't sign up quick enough to bring Daisy Wheels to their students. 
In a 23-hour span, we took new orders for over 38,000 FREE Daisy Wheels!   HOPE LIVES!   

NYC Conference - Part 1 & 2 

In early June, my daughter Betsy NIlan, Founding Board Member of The Get In Touch Foundation and current Youth Ambassador Liaison, addressed 1,200 New York City School Nurses at Hunter College in Manhattan. 

A School Nurse in the audience shared that one of her students brought her Daisy Wheel home to her mom, who had never before done a breast self-exam. 

When mom found a questionable lump on her breast and did not know what to do, her daughter told the School Nurse,who, along with a School Social Worker, took the mom themselves along the path to ultimately discover that her lump was benign. 

This School Nurse's message was this: The Get In Touch Girls' Program is actually an intergenerational program; girls bring the Daisy Wheel and breast health education home to their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, relatives and friends who don't know how to do a breast self-exam. An entire community is educated. 

It's true..."When you educate a girl, you educate the world!"

In late June, I was lucky enough to speak with 300 New York City School Nurses who couldn't make it to the early June meeting. Daisy Wheels and breast health education are rolling into the Big Apple and we couldn't be more excited!
Spotlight on Schools

We're happy to welcome many new schools to the GIT "family!" Thank you for bringing the Daisy Wheel to your schools, teaching girls the importance of and how to do a breast self-exam - for life!

In June we signed up schools in the following states and countries:

District of Columbia
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
West Virginia

The Netherlands

If you're a School Nurse or Health Educator, you can sign up your school right here.
Lauralton Hall, Devon Rotary, Are You Dense...

We were thrilled to be recognized by so many wonderful organizations this spring...

It was a privilege to receive the "President's Medal" for my work with 
The Get In Touch Foundation from Our Lady of Mercy Lauralton Hall 
in Milford, Connecticut, our very first "Get In Touch" school!

I also received the "Esther Award" from the breast density advocacy organization 
Are You Dense? and Dr. Nancy Cappello for making a significant and enduring impact on others for my work with Get In Touch. It was an honor to receive this award alongside breast cancer survivor and former CT Governor M. Jodi Rell.

Thank you Devon Rotary for the wonderful honor of being named a Paul Harris Fellow and for contributing $1,000 in my name to The Rotary Foundation, committed to the worldwide eradication of polio, and for the "2015 Evio Giovanelly Public Service Award" for my work with The Get In Touch Foundation.

It is humbling for our grassroots global organization to be honored by so many...
it is a privilege and a blessing to continue our lifesaving work.

The Get In Touch Foundation will host a day and a half-long Summit for girls between the ages of 13-18 and their mothers or significant female role model in their lives in order to inspire and encourage a conversation regarding issues facing and interesting to girls on a global spectrum including: body-image, cyber-bullying, education, feminism, health, homelessness, nutrition, philanthropy, race, religion, sex trafficking, social justice, social media, substance abuse, volunteerism, and wellness.

The Summit will run from 9am-5pm on Saturday October 24 and from 9am-Noon on Sunday October 25.

This first-of-its-kind event will support women and girls with spirit and motivation for their own unique journeys so they are able to make "informed and strong" decisions in pursuit of wellness, of mind, body and soul.


Dozens of speakers, educators, and artists will be participating in this day and a half-long experience of keynote speakers, general sessions, panel discussions, workshops, movement seminars and interactive sessions designed for both women and girls. 


Special thank you to Aetna for being our "Knowledge Is Power" Sponsor.

Early-bird registration opens on July 15th.

We are all excited about our brand new partnership with our good friends at School Health!

The SCHOOL HEALTH / GET IN TOUCH Youth Ambassador $10,000 Collegiate Scholarship is awarded to one high school senior girl who has successfully completed her one-year terms as a Get In Touch Youth Ambassador, and will be attending a 2 or 4-year university.

Nominations for our 2016-2017 Get In Touch Youth Ambassadors open on January 1, 2016. If you'd like to learn more, click here.

Thanks to Susan and Rob Rogers from School Health for joining us as we encourage girls to be advocates for breast health and develop leadership skills while pursuing higher education!

Sign up here to receive our monthly newsletter, which will remind you when our Get In Touch Youth Ambassador nominations will be open.

GIT is Global!!

Our Get In Touch Girls' Program is being implemented in every state in the US and in 32 additional countries...but as you can see we still have a long way to go until that entire map is PINK!


If you're a school nurse who has not yet signed up your school, click here to sign up and join us as we "change the world one girl at a time."  
Informed & Strong
Donate now to our "Informed & Strong" appeal.
When you get one, you give one! 
Daisy Wheel against map

Presenting a Daisy Wheel to newly-diagnosed patients who have daughters or granddaughters who would benefit from breast health education makes a diagnosis in a family a life giving moment as well as a teaching moment.  Daisy Wheels may be purchased for $5 each and come in packages of 25. When you purchase a Daisy Wheel, you are also helping to provide a Daisy Wheel to a girl somewhere in the world who will have FREE breast health education because of YOU!  It's simple..."When you get one, you give one!"  Click the Daisy Wheel on the right to find out more.

Download our FREE Daisy Wheel App 


We are over the moon about the Daisy Wheel© App, 

which has been downloaded in 84 countries!  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 making our mission to "change the world one girl at a time" a global reality! 


Where in the World is YOUR Daisy Wheel?!  

If you've got a picture of your Daisy Wheel - or of yourself in your GIT gear - email it to us and you just may see yourself in an upcoming newsletter.

Three cheers for these 7th grade Girl Scouts from Troop 10780 in Glastonbury, CT who used our Daisy Wheel to learn the importance of and how to do a breast self-exam! This group of girls have been together since Kindergarten and what they learned today will make them smarter and healthier women - Hope Lives!

Please email your pics to us at and don't forget to follow the traveling Daisy Wheel on Instagram!  
Click the camera below, or this link: DaisyWheelGIT    
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