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It's October!

It’s October! Of course all thoughts are on baseball and boobs.
The basic take-away message:
Don’t let breast cancer steal second base. (hee hee hee!)


Hello Girlfriends!

We have so much to tell you! Here we go…

SAVE THE DATE: THE FUNDRAISER IS COMING ON APRIL 28, 2012

If you haven’t heard by now: NO you didn’t miss the FUNdraiser. YES we are having it, BUT... We all know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But what about the rest of the year? TTF believes that breast cancer awareness should be twelve months a year, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. With that in mind, we’ve moved our annual TeamTowanda FUNdraiser to April 28, 2012.

You’ll be hearing lots more in the weeks and months to come but to ensure you don’t miss a single syllable of what you need to know, everyone needs to ensure that we have your most up to date contact information. If this email hasn’t reached you directly, then you are not in our database and we won’t be able to keep you in the loop. Monica is standing by to make any changes or additions as necessary, so please click here to submit your contact info and your preference for receiving a FUNdraiser invite. Trust us, you’ll sleep better if you know we can find you when the invitations go out. If you are depending on a friend to forward these emails to you, go to the website and get your very own self on the list. Remember too – the less we have to spend on mailing invitations through the post office, the more we can contribute to early detection.

2011 UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN IS UNDERWAY

The 2011 United Way Campaign runs from early September to mid November. Team Towanda Foundation is a recognized United Way Charity and we request that you please consider selecting TTF as your designated charity. To do so, write in “Team Towanda Foundation of Wethersfield, Connecticut AG1704” on your pledge card. As you know, we are a 100% volunteer organization and all donations are used to support programs in the Greater Hartford Community. FYI, our board still meets around Deb’s kitchen table, Monica still squeezes every nickel out of the cookbook printing company we use, we use free college interns from the local university to help us with marketing, and Lynne still hoards coupons to purchase supplies for the FUNdraiser. We are VERY mindful of the trust our generous donors place in us to use resources as effectively as possible. Thank you for your continued support.

SCARECROWS ON MAIN STREET & A BENEFIT FOR TEAM TOWANDA ON OCTOBER 22, 2011

Two really fun events are taking place in Old Wethersfield this month.

The Old Wethersfield Shopkeepers Association is sponsoring the annual “Scarecrows Along Main Street” exhibit. Dozens of wonderful scarecrows are on display and our very own Towanda is on display in front of the Old Acaf demy.

The Shopkeepers Association has generously selected Team Towanda Foundation to be the 2011 beneficiary of a special event on Saturday October 22. A portion of proceeds from all participating shops that day will be donated to Team Towanda to fund breast care education and mammograms for women in our community. Look for Towanda’s picture displayed in the front window of participation shops. Please be sure to thank our neighbors for their thoughtful generosity and tell them “Towanda sent me!”

FRIEND OF TOWANDA WILL DONATE FOR EVERY NEW FAN OF TEAM TOWANDA ON FACEBOOK DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER!

A Friend of Towanda has challenged us to add 1000 new fans of Team Towanda Foundation on Facebook by October 31, 2011!! For every new fan added to our fan base this month, $0.25 will be donated up to a total of $250! PLUS, if we reach our 1000 new fan goal BEFORE October 31, there is a $100 bonus!

Sweet! $250 will fund mammograms for two uninsured women in our community. Maybe even a friend, relative, or neighbor of yours. So let’s get busy! Search for Team Towanda and click “Like Us” under our status. While you’re there comment on our status and share on your wall of all the great news and events happening with Team Towanda! Then get everyone you know to do the same!! Let’s git ‘er done, girls!

IN HONOR AND LOVING MEMORY OF IRMA, A LONGTIME SUPPORTER OF TOWANDA AND ONE COOL CHICK

Irma Meridy passed away on September 12. Not all of you knew her, but everyone should be so lucky as to have an Irma in her life. She was my hero.

Irma was a nurse practitioner at my ob-gyn office and the first person I called when I knew something wasn't right in my breast in the spring of 2000. It was late in the day and she had me come in for a “quick peek”. She ordered an immediate mammogram next door because she didn’t want either of us worrying over “something that is probably nothing. It’ll be just a quickie and take ten minutes.” I had my 3 kids with me who were then 5, 7, and 9. When the techs started seeing stuff they didn't like, Irma was the one who took my kids into her office and found paper, colored pencils, etc and kept them busy for the next hour. That artwork adorned the walls of her office until her retirement.

After that freaky mammogram, Irma initially referred me to another breast surgeon who I just didn't click with. When I went back and started telling her why, she cut me off: "It doesn't matter why. The important thing is you don't like him. Let's try someone else. There is this doctor, Beth Brady....."

Even though she was old enough to be my mother, she was just so cool. I could talk to her about ANYTHING; you always had the sense that absolutely nothing ever fazed her. She was the kind of caregiver who told you dirty jokes while she did a pelvic exam to help you “just relax”.

She attended TTF FUNdraisers in the early years and we have some great pictures of her dancing like a wild woman. A breast cancer survivor herself, when her family wanted to celebrate a milestone anniversary in 2002, she told them to donate to TTF. After she retired, her health began to decline and she moved to Lexington, Mass to live with her daughter. We emailed for a while and had several phone calls, but as her health declined communication was difficult. I kept her picture on my desk and thought of her often. When she passed, I was so honored when her daughter told me that when the family had to make a decision where memorial donations would be made, "The obvious choice was Team Towanda. She always spoke so highly of your organization. She was so proud of all of you."

She has been an important part of my life for over 35 years and I loved her with all my heart. I still keep her photograph on my desk and I think of her and miss her every day.

I want to be like Irma when I grow up.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks about FUNdraiser updates, upcoming events, and how YOU can help in the fight against breast cancer.

Breast Wishes from all your gal pals at Team Towanda
~ Judith, Monica, Debbie, Lynne, Ellen, and Alison


 

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