"Everyone take your three fingers and hold them up," says health and wellness department Chair Peggy McGowan, as she shows them how to feel for a small lump on a model of a breast. For years, this scenario has been standard practice at the all-girls high school, one of the first to follow a program created by Get In Touch (GIT).
GIT is a non-profit foundation started by Mary Ann Wasil, a mother of three, as she fought breast cancer. A new law requires all public schools in Connecticut to incorporate free breast health education into the curriculum, a testament to Wasil, who passed away six months ago.
"When my mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer — 12, 13 years ago — she took me and my younger sister, Mary, up into our room and said, 'OK, sit down, I'm going to teach you how to do a breast self exam,'" says Wasil's daughter Betsy Nilan, who is following in her mom's footsteps as president of GIT.
Teachers: check out this link to bring the Daisy Wheel to your school.
Click here to learn about the Mary Ann Wasil Daisy Run/Walk on October 29.