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NEW YORK, NY – February 15, 2017 – United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has become the lead sponsor of the FY 2017 Senate budget bill requesting $70 million in lymphatic and lymphedema research funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funding will support interdisciplinary research relevant to the lymphatic system in health and disease. Lymphatic diseases and lymphedema affect an estimated ten million Americans and over 150 million worldwide.
This research funding bill was first spearheaded in 2016 by the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), an international organization based in New York and dedicated to fighting lymphedema and lymphatic diseases. During the FY2016 budget process, now Senate Minority Leader Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) was the first in the Senate to take on the lead sponsor role championing this research. LE&RN applauds Senator Gillibrand’s dedication to this important funding bill and her enthusiasm in continuing the progress being made in the Senate.
“In 2016, the US Senate made history when the chamber unanimously established March 6 as World Lymphedema Day,” said William Repicci, LE&RN’s Executive Director. “This funding request demonstrates the willingness of the Senate to back that important occasion with research dollars. We are grateful to and proud of the leadership shown by Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand, both from our home state of New York. If passed, the funding would be an unprecedented achievement in making lymphatics and lymphedema a national health priority.”
LE&RN is urging supporters to contact members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services and to sign the online petition directed at the US Senate and particularly members of the Appropriations Subcommittee.
Founded in 1998, the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (formerly LRF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization whose mission is to fight lymphatic disease and lymphedema through education, research and advocacy. LE&RN provides valuable educational resources for the millions of people who suffer from lymphedema and lymphatic disease. LE&RN fosters and supports research that can deepen the medical community's understanding of the lymphatic system. For more information about lymphatic disease or the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, visit www.LymphaticNetwork.org.