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Healthy Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Girlfriends!

We wish all of you a Healthy Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Please call your two very best gal pals and mention Team Towanda to them and then kind of slowly slide the importance of early detection and Breast Self Exams into the conversation. We want all the women out there to keep in mind the vital importance of remembering to “Check Your Humps for Lumps”!

We have a few things to quickly share with you this month, so pour a glass of something delicious and take two minutes to take a quick peek:

Team Towanda Takes Manhattan!

On Thursday, October 18, Team Towanda heads to the Big Apple to promote the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer. Tune into The Today Show on NBC from 7 – 11 am and look for us in the audience out on the plaza, doing our best to call attention to this important cause. We’ll be in our finest Towanda Pink Bling with boas and signs. The whole TTF board is in town and will be able to partake in this adventure. Our main goal is to get copies of the cookbook into the hands of any host or staff member we can! Wish us luck!

Connecticut Women’s Expo

A big shout out and thank you to all the old and new friends we saw at the Connecticut Women’s Expo last month. We had a blast and have already reserved our spot for next year. It was so inspiring to meet so many survivors who stopped by to say hello and tell us their stories. It was terrifying to meet so many women who have never had a mammogram and cited “No insurance” as the primary reason.

The one woman who really took our breath away was a twenty-something whose mom and grandmother both died from breast cancer. She’s been able to feel a lump in her breast for about a year and has never had it checked because she knew she couldn’t pay for the mammogram. If you ever wonder where your donations are going, she is “exhibit A.” We gave her the contact info to schedule a free mammogram and were able to tell her “Tell them Towanda sent you. We’ve got your back.” Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Scarecrows on Main Street

OOOOhhhhhhhh OOOOOOOhhhhh…! It’s a scary time of year! The annual scarecrow display is in full swing and hundreds of people are strolling the streets to enjoy this year’s entries. Towanda is proudly standing guard outside Heart of the Country near the firehouse and she might be the scariest entry of all. Why? Because the eight pumpkins at her feet are all painted with women’s faces, except for one that has a big pink ribbon. That ribbon represents the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Now THAT'S some scary stuff. Enjoy a walk around Old Wethersfield and see the wonderful works of art that make up this years entries

Got Both Cookbooks?

One of the reasons Team Towanda has lots of friends is because we don’t go around saying things like “76 more shopping days to Christmas and we’ve got all our shopping done.” Nope. We know how busy you are so we say things like, “Psst! Want an easy way to knock off a good chunk of your shopping list all at once and at the same time support some underserved women who need a break?”

Copies of theCharge of the Casserole Cavalry and Towanda Celebrates with her Bosom Buddies are the perfect gifts for lots of people on your gift giving list. They are perfect for hostess gifts, teacher gifts, daycare providers, that hard to buy for sister-in-law, a new college graduate just getting into her first apartment. The list is endless. Why not honor a survivor with a little gift as she completes treatment or marks another anniversary as a Thriver? Perhaps a token of your appreciation for some of your pals that got you through a rough spot?

Anyone who’s read it knows it’s not a book about cancer, and it is so much more than a cookbook. It’s a book about the power of women who ‘get it’ and the unbreakable bond of sisterhood that all BFFs know and cherish. You can order the books online and we’ll ship them right out to you. At $20 each or just $35 for the set, it is an absolute surefire way to let the women in your life know how much you appreciate them (and still leave you time to meet up with a friend for coffee instead of schlepping to the mall!)

United Way

Don’t forget! Team Towanda Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity and is a recognized United Way participant. Please consider designating your contribution to promote the importance of early detection and to pay for mammograms for uninsured underserved women in the Greater Hartford area. To select Team Towanda, please write in ”United Way code AG1704 Team Towanda of Wethersfield, Connecticut.” Couldn’t be simpler; couldn’t be put to a better use; couldn’t be more appreciated. Thank You!

The Hartford Courant

If you didn’t have a chance to see it last Wednesday (October 3), Team Towanda Foundation was featured in the Living section of the Hartford Courant. Reporter Linda Guica did a fabulous job of capturing the essence of TTF and our mission of helping women in our community.

We had a great time during our interview with Linda and we reminisced about an article she wrote about Team Towanda back in 2002. Never in a million years did we think we’d be talking to her again 10 years later in complete shock that the little book we wrote for friends and family has now generated over $250,000 in donations made to Towanda Funds in our community.

It’s amazing what can be accomplished when you don’t stop to wonder if your goal is possible. The true secret to TT’s success is that we just didn’t know what we didn’t know, so we just went ahead and did it. God and karma take care of the rest. Click here to read Linda’s article.

Girl-Friendly Reminders

Have a wonderful week and give a call to that friend you haven’t heard from in ages.

“It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.”

Call her.

With all our love and breast wishes~

All your girlfriends at Team Towanda~

Judith, Monica, Debbie, Ellen, and Alison


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