Co-Chair, Texas Chapter
Angelica is hosting the Texas LE&RN Walk to fight Lyphedema & Lymphatic Diseases on October 10th, in Plano. This is her second Walk in Texas for LE&RN, the first was in 2010. She was diagnosed with primary lymphedema at age 12. After becoming familiar with the disease she soon realized the need for awareness and began advocating for lymphedema patients. For the past decade, Angelica has made it her mission to research simple and strategic ways to manage her disease and then share her knowledge with other patients. During her active journey within the lymphatic community, she found LE&RN and her passion for increasing awareness as well as an innate talent in networking and making positive connections- between patients, support groups, and healthcare resources. Angelica hopes to see you at the Walk! www.lymphwalk.org
Co-Chair, Texas Chapter
Kathryn Krastin has had lymphedema since her auto accident in 2004. The lack of consistent, informed care, the non-payment of much needed garments, and many lymphedema patients becoming agoraphobic has angered her to put her advocacy skills to action. Besides sharing their voices on her radio show, she's founded Lymphedema In The News, Austin Lymphedema Support Group, and is the Texas Team Liaison for the Lymphedema Treatment Act.
Vice Chair, Texas Chapter
Marc is a father of two, Zachary and Sadie, and a husband to Holly, residing in The Woodlands, TX. He is a Global Marketing & Communications Manager for Pentair Valves & Controls. Marc is originally from Los Angeles and has been in the graphic design, advertising and marketing professions for over 20 years. His son Zachary has Lymphatic Malformation and both he and Zachary are proud and excited to be involved with LE&RN to promote education and advocacy for lymphatic diseases and birth defects.
Texas Youth Ambassador
Zachary is 11 years old (12 in November, 2015) and attends Mitchell Intermediate in The Woodlands, TX. Zachary has a sister, Sadie, who is currently age 6 and of course, his parents, Marc and Holly. He loves baseball more than just about anything in this world! He plays catcher and isn’t happy unless he has a baseball bat in his hands (not really…he is about as happy as a child can be). Zachary has lymphatic malformation and has endured eight different procedures/surgeries in his short life, the last being a tongue reduction surgery in July of 2014. He is extremely grateful and feels very fortunate for how well things have gone for him, especially compared to others with much more difficult situations. His doctor in Houston is Dr. Joseph Edmonds. And as his doctor said when Zachary was only 17 days old, they are “friends for life”.