Mary Ann Wasil Nilan: Jumping for Breast Health!

screen-shot-2010-10-19-at-33454-pm On February 4th, 2004 I found a lump on my breast. On February 5th, I had a negative mammogram, an ultrasound and a surgical biopsy to remove it and was told it was malignant.

Breast cancer…ugh!

One woman, two breasts, eleven lymph nodes, eight chemotherapy treatments, five hospitals, eight surgeries, one stroke, two 10mm amplatzer asd devices in my heart, thirty-seven months, one arm, three casts, twenty one physical therapy appointments, six fills, two silicone implants, double nipple reconstruction. $591,846.33 in total (not including prescriptions).My life priceless!

That’s my story along with being a mother of three teenagers, public speaker, former police officer, spent nearly ten years on the ABC soap opera “All My Children” and now health activist as the founder of the grassroots non-profit organization, The Get In Touch Foundation.

Get In Touch’s cornerstone mission is the Get In Touch Girls’ Program & Daisy Wheel, a breast health initiative educating girls in grades 5-12 on the importance of, and how to do a breast self exam – for life!

The September 2009 launch of the Get In Touch Girls’ Program has already resulted in its implementation in 40 states, Washington, D.C. and 13 countries, with a goal to be in every state in the US by 2011.  The program, available at no cost to schools, has already been made curriculum in the Milford, CT and New Haven, CT public school systems.

My message and challenge is one of wellness and breast health. For girls and women to “get in touch” with their bodies, information and each other and to live happier, healthier lives.

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Be Positive: In the middle of the most challenging moment of your life, you can discover grace when you realize that others can be inspired by how you respond to that challenge.  Whatever you do, do it with faith and grace and style and show others that they can do it, too.

screen-shot-2010-10-19-at-33333-pmFounder of The Get In Touch Foundation, Mary Ann Wasil Nilan recently won the Oprah Magazine CoverGirl “Giving Beautiful Back Award,” as well as honored by the WNBA New York Liberty as one of their 2010 “Women Who Inspire.” She will speak at The Women’s Conference 2010 spearheaded by Maria Shriver and is currently working on her book “A Diary of Healing.” www.getintouchfoundation.org

Green Really is Good: John Shegerian, Eco-preneur

August 17, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Making a Difference, Who's Blooming

John Shegerian

John Shegerian

Most good entrepreneurs find a way to make a business successful against the odds.  John Shegerian has managed to do this multiple times in multiple industries – and has managed to infuse each business with a mission to better society, the environment or both!

John is currently the Chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), an Electronic Waste collector and recycler, specializing in the environmentally safe and socially responsible dismantling of electronic items such as computers, televisions and monitors. Under Shegerian’s stewardship, ERI has fast become the Number One recycler of electronic waste in North America!

With ERI, John is realizing the dream of not only leading a green business, but a business that makes dramatic strides in helping the community.  By hiring rehabilitated, formerly incarcerated individuals, John and ERI don’t just lead the nation in recycling electronics – they lead the effort in recycling lives!

John has a remarkable 25 year track record in business. One of his most successful businesses was FinancialAid.com – a site that enabled college bound students an increased opportunity to achieve scholarships to help fund tuition - and he was recently appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve on the Governor’s Gang Advisory Committee, focused on providing the Californie’s top legislators with guidance pertaining to policies geared toward the reduction of gang and youth violence.

And of course there is John’s “Green is Good” mantra.  Passionately espousing the notion that sustainability and environmental responsibility can be good for business,  John is also the creator and host of the “Green is Good” radio show on Clear Channel (www.greenisgood.fm), the top rated green-themed radio program in the United States.

With ERI, John practices what he preaches as well.  ERI is a totally green organization – from the fleet of hybrid vehicles used by the sales team to the electric forklifts used on the shop floor to the methodology used to recycle the hundreds of tons of electronic waste that pass through the company’s doors.  Even the furniture used in house is made from recycled materials.

John is also the founder of 1-800-Recycling.com, which provides nationwide outreach to help users find recycling locations nearest to them (every zip code in the country is covered) for whatever it is they wish to recycle.  Through its iPod App, www.1800Recycling.com website and 1-800-Recycling phone service, users are directed to responsible recyclers of electronics, tires, oil, paint, glass, plastic, wood, mattresses, carpet, junk – almost anything that can be recycled.

Driven by his commitment to innovate and develop companies that benefit and inspire others and are socially responsible, John is a success story on multiple levels and an inspiration to all those in business who wish to succeed while benefiting the planet and the people who live on it!

LISTEN: John Shegerian on Bloom Talk Radio: How did they do it?

Green is Good Radio

Her Dreams Called Her to Africa

October 8, 2009 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Making a Difference, Who's Blooming

martha-hoffman-2For many years, Martha Hoffman had the same dream. A woman helping children, which she soon realized was herself . But where was this place and what did her dreams mean?

Martha’s questions were soon answered when her grandmother appeared in this recurring dream, holding a bark cloth purse. It was the clue she needed. As a child, Martha received this gift when her grandmother’s friend returned from a mission trip to Uganda. She jumped out of bed and screamed, “It’s Uganda!”

“That’s when the seed was planted, when I was a little girl,” explained Martha. “That’s where it all began.” Read more