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New Connecticut breast health education law is a testament to a Milford mom

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MILFORD -- A dozen girls sit in a classroom at Lauralton Hall in Milford.

"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).

daisywheel2GIT 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.

Click here to read the entire column from The Hartford Courant.

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Click here to learn about the Mary Ann Wasil Daisy Run/Walk on October 29.

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