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Kudos for GIT

“Mary Ann crosses all cultural barriers as she inspires others with her story. The positive attitude and energy she brings empowers women and girls – not only on the topic of breast health, but on a holistic scale for a joyous life. Mary Ann worked with international school nurses from a dozen different countries at the International School Nurses of Asia Conference, March 2011.  As the keynote speaker she set the tone with her hope, her energy and her inspiration. The tools (Daisy Wheels) she provides to school nurses have made it possible for us to make a positive difference in the lives of young women across the region.”

Linda See, RN, NCSN Health Care Coordinator Ampang Campus, International School of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

“New Haven (CT) Public Schools are proud to have adopted the Get In Touch Girls’ Program breast health initiative, educating girls (and boys!) about the importance of breast self-exam.  Our School Nurses have added the Daisy Wheel as curriculum to their health education efforts.  We are excited about our collaboration with the GIT Foundation in their crusade against breast cancer.”

Kathryn Carbone, RN, MS, NCSN Public Health Nurse Director, New Haven, CT

The innovative and groundbreaking Get In Touch Girls’ Program & Daisy Wheel© empowers our girls with education and a healthy new understanding of their bodies, forever altering the face of breast cancer.  Connecticut is proud to lead the way!”

Association of School Nurses of CT

The Daisy Wheel is a unique and interactive tool that empowers girls to develop healthy, life-long BSE habits, reducing the impact of breast cancer in our next generation.  NASN is proud to support The Get In Touch Foundation’s educational initiative to change the world one girl at a time!

The National Association of School Nurses

“The Overseas School Health Nurses Association is delighted to have been instrumental in introducing the Get In Touch Girls’ Program & Daisy Wheel breast health initiative to school nurses in more than a dozen countries at our annual conference.  International/overseas school nurses now have resources for early detection and breast education at the school level.”

Janean Linder, RN, President, Overseas School Health Nurses Association

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has recently added a website link to the Get In Touch Foundation and their Get In Touch Girls Program for grades 5 through 12, as part of our effort to include valuable resources for our site visitors. GIT founder, Mary Ann Wasil, has a very appealing presentation style, explaining the importance of breast self exam and education with the aid of her amazing Daisy Wheel, to her captivated young audience. Not so long ago, something like this would have been unthinkable. These girls are so lucky that times have changed and someone like Mary Ann and the GIT Foundation can now help them in such a significant way.

Patricia Altman Associate Director of Marketing The Breast Cancer Research Foundation New York, NY

“I just want you to know that I am so proud of you and your foundation. It is such a wonderful thing that you are doing and all of your hard work is helping young girls around the world – I am so impressed! My girls are now 8 and 5 and to think that I may have passed on my BRCA gene to them breaks my heart, but I know that the hard work that you and others do will put them at a much lower level of risk.”

Dana Cavallo, Ph.D. Associate Research Scientist, 
Yale School of Medicine Breast Cancer Survivor

“DEEELISH! I love how much life you bring GIT, Mary Ann! You demystify BSE and add humor to a serious topic, so it’s disarming, approachable and ultimately, memorable. Love this. So clever!”

Carrie Wittenstein “Wouldn’t It B Nice?” Founder/Optimist

Too often we deny our vulnerability and mortality when we truly need to get in touch with them. When you get in touch you act like a survivor. I hope everyone will take advantage of what Get In Touch  offers you and use it to enhance your health and life.

Bernie Siegel, MD

Nothing is more princessy than staying healthy…and Get In Touch helps girls do this.  I couldn’t support this organization more.  It’s a royal blessing!

Meg Cabot Author of The Princess Diaries Series www.MegCabot.com

“I know that “Get In Touch Girls” will become a national model for girls’ health education.  I am looking forward to having the opportunity to see this program in action and to do all that I can to assist you in taking the program to a national level.”

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-D3)

“Overall I had a very positive response with the attendees and feel I’ve developed a bond with them!  As a result, I’ve started a monthly health awareness talk during lunch and check on their progress with BSE.  Just today, I learned that a mother of one of our 8th grade girls was diagnosed with breast cancer.   Your website and outreach program is helping a lot of teens right now!  Thank you again for all that you do and sharing your life with us all!”

Peggy Rettie Department of Defense Dependents School / Overseas School Health Nurse Sigonella Middle School, Sicily, Italy

“So often we think communication is about the words we say. However, it’s far more about how we say them, and what our bodies are doing while we are saying them — in fact, studies have shown 55% of our impact comes from what our body is doing while we’re talking.  (UCLA) Get In Touch’s vital information empowers girls to feel in control of their health and their bodies. With this new-found self assurance, they are poised to present their inherent intelligence and beauty to the world with confidence and flair.”

Frances Cole Jones Author of “How to Wow” Proven Strategies for Selling Your (Brilliant) Self in Any Situation www.howtowow-thebook.com

“Your foundation to encourage women of all ages to get in touch with their bodies and to educate about breast cancer is a worthy cause that we are proud to support.  Please know that your hard work, your beautiful witness to faith, and your dedication to improve the lives of other women are greatly appreciated.  We will continue to support you in prayer and service.”

Maureen Anderson Student Activities Coordinator Saint Joseph High School Trumbull, CT

“Sometimes it’s hard to broach scary things head-on, easier to go at them sidelong with a bit of whimsy and humor. Case in point, my Daisy Wheel. Unlike all the dry how-to-do-a-breast-exam literature I routinely ignore at my OBGYN’s office, this little pink flowery wheel has actually motivated me to feel myself up regularly.  I often have to steal it back from my young daughters, who think it’s a toy. Maybe they’re right. A toy that can save your life.”

Gayle Forman Author of “If I Stay” www.IfIStay.com

“We’ve heard many Survivor speeches over the years and yours was one of the most inspirational and positive speeches we’ve ever heard. You hit every emotion from sorrow to happiness. Your story shows people that your life does not end when you’re told you have cancer. You showed there is hope.  We wish you continued health and happiness and the best of luck as you continue your incredible journey. Thank you again for being a very special part of the Relay For Life of Greater Waterbury.”

Tom DiPietro and Sandy McDonald, Co-Chairs American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Greater Waterbury, CT

“United Way of Milford is fully supportive of the critical services which The Get In Touch Foundation delivers to children and families. In terms of a preventive health program, I can think of no more important cause that will touch many of us, a family member or a friend, at some time in our lives. Our United Way is proud to have been an original sponsor and I encourage other United Ways to support this program throughout their communities.”

Gary Johnson Executive Director United Way of Milford Milford, CT

“When The Get In Touch Foundation chose its name it hit the nail right on the head.  It’s incredible success is due to the fact it communicates so well with the community and young women.  Their sincerity and purpose is so real and warm it makes it easy and inviting for young people to relate.  Our fondest best wishes.”

Kathleen Alagno, I.O.M. President & C.E.O. Milford Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Milford, CT