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
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
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!)
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.
Have a wonderful week and give a call to that friend you haven’t heard from in
“It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.”