During her own battle with breast cancer, Mary Ann Wasil of Milford created the nonprofit Get In Touch Foundation to educate girls about breast health. An all-girls’ high school, Lauralton Hall has had a Get In Touch school chapter for 10 years. In recognition of the students’ support, Get In Touch President Betsy Nilan and Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) held a press conference at Lauralton Hall on Wednesday to announce the passage of a new law inspired by Wasil.
"We are honored that the State of Connecticut has passed a law in memory of our founder, and my mother, Mary Ann Wasil, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer at 39 years old,” said Nilan. “Through this law, we come one step closer to ensuring all girls in Connecticut have access to free breast health education. While our Get In Touch Girls' Program specifically targets girls in grades 5-12, men and women of all ages should be familiar with breast self-exams. There is no cure for cancer yet, so right now, early detection is our best defense."