Congratulations to two Breast Health Education Initiatives for Young Girls

Congratulations to two Breast Health Education Initiatives for Young Girls

BCC Rally congratulates the Hornets’ Nest Girl Scout Council on its March 28th Scouting for the Cure event. Two locations were chosen for the annual spring event: CMC Northeast in Cabarrus County and South Mecklenburg High School in Mecklenburg County. Participants learned about breast health through fun and interactive activities. Troops of girls also created care packages for local women battling cancer. Girl Scouts know that it is not just about the cookies! Learn more about scouting.

The Get in Touch Foundation’s mission is “to provide breast health initiatives that educate gals and guys of all ages how to ‘get in touch’ with their bodies, information, and each other in a crusade against breast cancer”. Founder Mary Ann Wasil, was a guest speaker at a BCC Rally luncheon several years ago. When she was first diagnosed with breast cancer she had three young children, two of them pre-teen daughters. According to the foundation’s website, she “quickly realized that all of our daughters – not just the ones that call me Mom – needed to learn the best breast health practices that would keep them smart and healthy”.

With the help of a group of health professionals, the Get In Touch foundation developed the Daisy Wheel. This interactive tool assists youth in grades 5-12 to learn the importance of, and how to do a breast self-exam. The educational program, which includes an educational video and the Daisy Wheel, is utilized by school nurses but individual Daisy Wheels can be purchased online.

Daisy Wheels have spread to 50 U.S. states and a total of 32 countries; the Daisy Wheel app. has been downloaded in 82 countries. Charlotte GIT volunteers have been fundraising for several years to offset the costs of bringing the program to the Mecklenburg school system. Read about Mary Ann’s remarkable personal journey and the Get in Touch foundation.