Mary Ann Wasil, Founder, President and CEO of Get In Touch Foundation
Mary Ann Wasil is the founder, president and CEO of the global breast health educational non-profit Get In Touch Foundation. As a breast cancer survivor and health activist since 2004, she seeks to find humor in the face of challenge.
Spurred by this optimistic outlook and her passionate commitment to providing free global breast health education for girls, Wasil established The Get In Touch Foundation with her daughters in mind. Ages 12 and 13 at the time of her diagnosis, she determined the need to introduce breast health as a part of their lives for the rest of their lives.
Wasil formulated the foundation with a cornerstone mission – the Get In Touch Girls’ Program and Daisy Wheel. The Daisy Wheel is an unparalleled breast health initiative educating girls in grades 5-12 on the importance of and instruction for breast self-exams.
Since its inception in September 2009, Wasil has guided the Get In Touch Girls’ Program to implementation in each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C. and 26 countries. She also spearheaded the development of the program’s complementing free Daisy Wheel app, which has been downloaded in 80 countries since launching in June 2011.
Despite being diagnosed with a relapse of breast cancer in May 2011, Wasil remains vigilant in her efforts to change the world one girl at a time. Her memoir, “A Diary of Healing: My Intense and Meaningful Life with Cancer” was released on the first day of spring 2013.
Wasil resides in Milford, CT with her three children, and is a former Connecticut police officer and actress, having spent nearly 10 years on the soap opera “All My Children.”