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I am only one; but still I am one.
I cannot do everything; but still I can do something;
and because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
~A Year of Beautiful Thoughts (1902) by Jeanie Ashley Bates Greenough
The Today Show!
On Thursday, October 18 the TTF Board traveled to Rockefeller Plaza outside of
the Today show studios to see if we could grab 15 seconds of TV coverage to
promote breast cancer awareness. We had SUCH a blast! Dressed in pink cowboy
hats, festive bras, boas, and our ever-present tiaras, we arrived before 6 am to
secure our spot in line. I am now convinced that you can walk around NYC
dressed in ANYTHING and not garner even a single second glance.
We got a bit of coverage as part of the background crowd during the segments
with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, and we are proud to say we actually got
posters that read “Check your humps for lumps!”along with our Team Towanda
banner on national TV.
We wiggled our way into the front and center crowd over the shoulders of Hoda and
Kathy Lee in a later segment, and at one point we received a shout out from
Hoda. We recorded it of course, and when we got home we nearly died laughing
watching ourselves maneuvering in the background to get on camera, moving our
signs around, and generally drifting into most shots of the people on the
plaza. It really did look like something out of Saturday Night Live, but we DID
have Towanda’s name out there for quite a lot of the segment! Let’s just say we
got our fair share of camera time, plus some!
Al Roker just looked at us like we each had 3 heads when we offered him a boa to
wear on camera to promote Breast Cancer Awareness month. We aren’t at all sure
he understood what we were doing out there. We buttonholed a lovely production
assistant named Kate who promised to read the books we gave her and pass them on
to Hoda. We also made friends with a very nice camera man who offered to bring
them into the studio. Who knows where they ended up, but we trust at the very
least they got into the hands of somebody who needed them. All in all it was a
fabulous outing, and we are considering making a trek again next year. Maybe we
should get a bus and bring our own crowd??
A very special shout out and THANK YOU to our breast buddy Gail and her handsome
husband who were in NY on Thursday morning and stopped by to see us out on the
plaza. It was pretty nippy out, and none of the coffee shops were open when we
had to get in line, so we really were a rather pathetic little band. They went
out and got COFFEE for us, and I can tell you I’ve never had a better cup o’ joe
in my life. We always say that God seems to send TTF the very people we need
right when we need them and this is another perfect example! Thanks again!!
Scarecrows on Main - TTF Takes Second Place!
While we were in NYC we received word that Team Towanda took second place in the
“Group Category” in the annual Scarecrows on Main Street contest in Wethersfield. Our entry included the message that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with
breast cancer in her lifetime. The women at Heart of the Country next to our
entry told us the display received a lot of attention and comments, and it even
made the cover of Wethersfield Life! By the way, there’s only a little bit of
time left to stop by Heart of the Country and purchase a ribbon in honor or
in memory of a Pink Ribbon Warrior in your life! All proceeds from the sale of
the ribbons go to Team Towanda to pay for mammograms. Dollar by dollar, that’s
how the mammogram funds are replenished.
What Do You Stand For?
The Container Store is sponsoring a contest for nonprofit organizations and
offering TWO great prizes: A $1000 to the charity PLUS a closet/shelving
We would LOVE to nab $1000 to pay for mammograms AND win the closet/shelving system
for our storage unit. You would not believe the amount of stuff we cram into
the small space we rent at a self store facility: cookbooks, signs for
FUNdraisers, boxes of TTF merchandise (shirts, socks, aprons, boas) 2 7' plywood
cutouts of Towanda, bins full of bras, a full size suit of armor (yeah, you
heard me right. what are YOU looking at?) bar supplies, tablecloths, boxes,
bags, and baskets for the next raffle, tiaras, order forms, carts of supplies
for events,... and that's just the first layer!!
No matter how many times we sort, stack, and neaten it up, it morphs into a huge
mess all on its own. I can't tell you how much time we spend shifting stuff
around when we are looking for something. Can you help us try to win the
shelving system by nominating us in this contest from The Container Store? It
would be a little pink miracle if we could get that space under control.
Please click here to vote!
Will you please pass this along to your friends, post on FaceBook, and see if
you can get some buddies to help us out? If you've got a teenager or college
kid in your life, please ask them to vote and share with their social media
contacts. That ought to get us about a million votes right there.
If everyone gives just a little shout out, I think we can make A REALLY REALLY
Thanks! And please note that voting closes November 1st!
Our mailing address is:
Team Towanda Foundation
PO Box 290185
Wethersfield, CT 06129-0185
Take-The-Time Digital Mobile Mammograms
Hartford Hospital’s new Take-the-Time digital mobile mammography coach will be
offering digital screening mammograms to the public on Saturday, November 3 and
Saturday, December 1 at the Newington campus of Hartford Healthcare located at
181 Patricia M Genova Drive, off of Cedar Street at the base of the mountain in
Newington. Appointments are required. Please call 860 545-1018 to schedule a
time. These mammograms are offered for women over the age of 40 who have not
had a mammogram in the previous 12 month period. Insurance is accepted and will
be billed. If a woman has NO insurance, donated funds are available to pay for
her screening mammogram.
Hartford Hospital’s digital coach is available to visit locations throughout the
Greater Hartford area and beyond. If you are interested in having the digital
coach visit your town or organization, please call Pam Benoit or Marcia Kuck at
(860) 545-1141 to schedule and time or obtain more information.
Life After Breast Cancer Seminar
Hartford Hospital's Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center presents a free educational
seminar on life after breast cancer - meeting challenges and moving forward into
a new beginning. The seminar will be held on Oct 30, 6:30 to 8:30pm at The pond
House Cafe at Elizabeth Park, 1555 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT.
Hester Hill Schnipper, Chief of Oncology Social Work at the Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center, is an experienced social worker, breast cancer
survivor and author of After Breast Cancer: A Common-Sense Guide to Life After
Treatment. She will share her insights on reclaiming life and moveing forward
after breast cancer.
This free seminar will provide you with valuable info on:Physical and emotional
aspects of recovery; Coping with fear of recurrence; and Strategies for
reclaiming life after breast cancer. Registration is required online or by
calling Health Referral Services at (860) 545-1888.
Larson presents Nancy Pilver Award to TTF
Press release: 10/24/12
LARSON PRESENTS THE NANCY PILVER BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR AWARD TO THE TEAM
TOWANDA FOUNDATION OF WETHERSFIELD
(Hartford) – Today Congressman John B. Larson presented The Nancy Pilver Breast
Cancer Survivor Award to The Team Towanda Foundation of Wethersfield for their
efforts to raise breast cancer awareness and to support those affected by breast
In 2001, Judith Melchreit underwent treatment for breast cancer. While
undergoing six months of chemotherapy and radiation, her friends came together
to help deliver meals to her young family in what they called the "Casserole
Cavalry". Following her treatment, Judith and her group of friends decided to
create and sell a cookbook to raise money for a local breast cancer walk. Since
then, the all volunteer non-profit has created and sold an additional cookbook
and has raised $250,000 towards breast cancer awareness and support for those
“In little over a decade the volunteers at The Team Towanda Foundation have
established themselves as one of the most committed and innovative groups
fighting against breast cancer,” said Congressman Larson. “Their contributions
to those affected by breast cancer and their work to raise breast cancer
awareness should serve as a model here in Connecticut. I am very proud to
present them with this award and look forward to seeing them continue their
important work in our communities.”
“We are so honored to be selected to receive this year’s Nancy Pilver Breast
Cancer Survivor Award. Although The Team Towanda Foundation was named as the
recipient, we accept it in honor of all of our wonderful supporters who enable
us to pursue the foundation’s mission to promote breast cancer awareness and the
importance of early detection,” said members of The Team Towanda Foundation in a
joint statement. “By raising funds to pay for mammograms and breast services for
underserved and uninsured women in the Greater Hartford area, we strive to
ensure that all women in our community have access to these basic services. As
we work toward these goals, Team Towanda also encourages all Pink Ribbon
Warriors and the people who love them to tap into the power of laughter and the
friendship of their Bosom Buddies in the fight against breast cancer.”
The Nancy Pilver Award goes to those who have shown extraordinary commitment to
combating breast cancer through education, prevention, treatment, and awareness.
Nancy Pilver, a former Manchester resident and long-time breast cancer activist
who served as the State Legislative Chair of the Connecticut Breast Cancer
Coalition Foundation, was the first recipient of the award in 1999. Congressman
Larson was so inspired by her story that he renamed this award after her in
2000, and has continued to award it each year in the first district. Pilver
passed away in May of 2003.
The United Way
The United Way campaign is still in full swing, and we ask you to please consider
designating Team Towanda as the charity to receive your donation this year.
Write in “United Way code AG1704 Team Towanda Foundation of Wethersfield,
Connecticut” on your pledge card, and your generosity will help pay for
mammograms for women in the Greater Hartford Community. Thanks!
Just for Laughs
And because we always try to leave you laughin'...
Question: How is the Wonder Bra like a cattle drive?
Answer: You'll have to go to our FaceBook page to find out!
Check Your Humps For Lumps
Enjoy the rest of Breast Cancer Awareness month and please do something to
educate those around you about the importance of early detection in the fight
against breast cancer.
Who knows? If you encourage even one person to get her mammogram, it might be
the most important thing you do all year. Or ever.
~ All your girlfriends at Team Towanda
~ Judith, Monica, Debbie, Ellen, and Alison
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