NEW YORK, NY – September 12, 2016 – On Saturday, September 17, 2016, hundreds will gather at 9am to register for the 7th annual New York Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases. The 5K round-trip across the Brooklyn Bridge will start at the northern tip of Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn. The crowd will hear recorded messages from LE&RN Spokesperson, Academy Award Winner Kathy Bates and Honorary Board Member and Actor Steve Guttenberg as the ceremony kicks off at 10am.
New York State Senator Martin Golden and New York State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal will present a New York Youth Ambassador Award to five-year-old Nicholas Hernandez (pictured above with mom Christina). Nicholas, born with a primary lymphatic disease, and his parents, Enabel and Christina, have advocated for the cause through fundraising and by raising awareness through a dedicated network of supporters. Nicholas and his sister, Lexi, have been selling rubber bracelets they have created as a fundraiser.
Other Walk honorees include:
- Cerini & Associates: Business Leadership Award
- BSN medical: Impact Award
- Felicitie Daftuar: Research Advocate Award
“The hardest thing for a parent, family member, or friend is to watch a loved one in pain or suffering,” said Jennifer Looby, New York State Chapter Chair and keynote speaker. “We are on a mission to conquer lymphedema and lymphatic disease through research. We invite you to join us, and help make our voices and stories heard.”
To support the New York Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases, just visit LymphWalk.org. Registration is $20 and each fully registered team member will receive a t-shirt and medal at the end of the Walk. Even if you cannot make it to Brooklyn, consider supporting an existing team.
The Walk is generously sponsored by BSN medical (Premier Presenting Sponsor), Tactile Medical (Presenting Sponsor), BioCompression Systems, ImpedeMed/L-Dex, Juzo, Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Mikimoto, Medi, Cerini & Associates, LympheDivas, Lympha Press, Luna Medical, ShechterCare, MME Ink, and Kashi.