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Frost on the Pumpkins?

Happy October!

Any frost on the pumpkins yet? Lots of our friends are big football fans and are very excited about the games this season. To get in the spirit of things, we decided to come up with a TTF cheer!

“Check the left! Check the right!
That is how we’ll win the fight!

What do you think? Judith made it up herself. With NO help. From ANY of us. It was ALL HER.

Halloween and Other Scary Stuff

This month the Susan G. Komen Connecticut Affiliate released the 2011 Community Profile Report of Breast Cancer in Connecticut. Now here are some statistics that will get your full attention and send chills up your spine:

  • The State of Connecticut has the second highest incidence of female breast cancer in the nation with 2,920 new breast cancer cases diagnosed in 2008 (most recent data available).

  • CT ranks 35th in the nation with respect to breast cancer mortality; 490 women died from breast cancer in 2008.

  • In terms of insurance coverage, it is estimated based on the 2007 data that there are 142,975 uninsured women in CT.

  • The 5-year relative survival for Connecticut women diagnosed with breast cancer is over 90%; however, the survival rate varies greatly with the stage of the cancer at diagnosis.

  • The following 39 towns have been identified by Komen CT as “communities of interest”. These were defined as areas with high rates of breast cancer mortality and high proportions of late stage cancer diagnoses where interventions will likely have the most impact.

  • Bloomfield, Branford, Bridgeport, Cheshire, Danbury, East Hartford,East Haven, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Groton, Hamden, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, Middletown, Milford, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Haven, New Milford, North Haven, Norwalk, Norwich, Shelton, South Windsor, Stamford, Stonington, Stratford, Torrington, Trumbull, Vernon, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Hartford, West Haven, Westport, Wethersfield,Windsor

    Bold type above indicates towns located within the Greater Hartford Region

    Source: 2011 Community Profile Report of Breast Cancer in Connecticut by the Susan G. Komen Connecticut Affiliate

    Every woman in the state of Connecticut owes it to herself, her sisters, her mom, and her daughters to take a close look at the reported high incidence, high mortality, and high late stage diagnosis rates by town.

    Scarecrows on Main Street & a Benefit for Team Towanda
    on OCTOBER 22, 2011

    The annual “Scarecrows Along Main Street” exhibit will run through the end of the weekend. Stop by and see Towanda in her pink ribbons and boa with her sword at her side. Take a picture with her and send it to us! We’ll post it on our website and FB page. (Yes, you may model her Viking Helmet with the horns if you must). On Saturday, October 22, Heart of the Country, Neill Walsh Goldsmith and Antiques on Main will donate a portion of net sales for the day to Team Towanda! 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!”

    April 2012 FUNdraiser Update

    Our auction committee has already begun soliciting items for the next FUNdraiser. We’ll be tweaking things a bit this year in an attempt to reduce lines at the event and give you more time to dance, sing, eat, shop, and catch up with all the amazing women who are in the room for THE best event of the year!

    For 2012, the committee came up with a list of themes for auction baskets. Hopefully, this will help our friends when selecting items to donate for the auction. Any contribution of items to any of these themes is greatly appreciated:

    Fitness / Health, Relaxation, Home /Garden, Travel /Leisure, Spa, Margarita, Ethnic foods, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Sports, Family Fun, For the hostess, Coffee, Cooking, “Mr. Fix It”, Martini, Jewelry, “Book Club”, “Fun in the Sun”, Fashion / Shopping, Theatre, Wine, Pet, Gourmet Foods

    If you would like to support this evening of health, hope, help, and happiness by donating an item to the auction, please contact Jill Smachetti, 2012 FUNdraiser Committee Chair at (860) 604-6433 for more information or for local pick up arrangements.

    To ensure your donation is included in this event and that your generosity is properly acknowledged in pre-event publicity, we request receipt of all items by February 29, 2012. We will post the auction items online prior to the event to save you time when you get there! Please do let us know s soon as possible if you are planning to donate, even if you don’t have the actual item in hand yet. The more we can do ahead of time, the easier the event goes for all involved. As we get committees in place and planning begins, we can feel the buzz of excitement! We just CAN’T WAIT!!

    Do the Math: New Facebook Followers = FREE Mammograms

    We have had a GREAT response to our Facebook Fan Challenge! Since we announced it last week, the Team Towanda Facebook page has picked up over 400 new followers and we still have almost two weeks to go! Please help us reach our goal of 1000 new fans by the end of the month. Even if you aren’t a member of Facebook, please forward our request to others who can help. If you are a member, please repost often so our message isn’t buried by new postings. If you don’t have time or money, this is the quickest and cheapest way to help Pink Ribbon Warriors in need. Copy and paste this into a FB post:


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

    Sweet! The donation will fund mammograms for uninsured women in our community; Maybe even a friend, relative, or neighbor of yours. So let’s get busy! Click on teamtowanda, “like” our status, 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!

    2011 United Way Campaign is Underway

    Team Towanda is a recognized United Way Charity. Please consider selecting TTF as your designated charity by writing in “Team Towanda Foundation of Wethersfield, Connecticut AG1704” on your pledge card. Thank you for your continued support!

    Thank YOU!

    All our girlfriends have been like a good bra:
    so supportive and close to our heart! Thank you!

    Wishing you all the breast!

    All your girlfriends at Team Towanda

    ~ Judith, Monica, Deb, Lynne, Ellen, Alison & Carina


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