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Lymphedema & Lymphatic Disease Matters, News from LE&RN August 2019

Lymphedema & Lymphatic Disease Matters, News from LE&RN August 2019

LE&RN heads to DC to fight for research—and for cures

LE&RN is fighting for LE/LD cures, which will require increased research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). LE&RN CEO, William ("Bill") Repicci (pictured third from right) and Scientific Medical Advisory Board Member, Tim Padera, Ph.D. (pictured at far right), met with several Institutes in August to drive that message home. Bill and Tim are pictured above with the staff of National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI).


Fashion designer, TV personality, and author Diane Gilman joins LE&RN Honorary Board

“I won my battle against cancer,” said Diane Gilman in the press release announcing her joining LE&RN's Honorary Board, “but I wasn’t prepared for the fight to come – the one with lymphedema." Diane, often called the "Queen of Jeans" by her QVC/HSN fans, will be bringing much-needed attention to lymphedema and lymphatic diseases. We are thrilled to welcome Diane on board.


AVLS Annual Congress to be held in Phoenix in November

The American Vein & Lymphatic Society (AVLS) will host its 33rd Annual Congress November 7-10, 2019 (check-in on 11/6) at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, AZ. LE&RN will be an exhibitor.


New York #LymphWalk gears up for 10-year anniversary

The New York #LymphWalk will celebrate 10 years of fundraising and activism on October 19 at Riverside Park in New York City. For many longtime supporters, this is the event of the year. Come and see what it's all about.

Sign up early!  The first 100 registrants get a discount with the code NYEARLY2019.


Kathy Bates to be honored at The 24 Hour Plays 2019 Broadway Gala

LE&RN spokesperson Kathy Bates will be the honoree at the 19th annual The 24 Hour Plays Broadway Gala on November 18. Stars from Broadway, TV, and film will write, rehearse, and perform new plays in a one-night-only special event to raise money and awareness for LE&RN.

Premium orchestra seats, which include the cast and VIP afterparty with Kathy, are on sale now! Event sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit The 24 Hour Plays for more!


LE&RN Travel Award winners

Each year, LE&RN helps support travel costs for young researchers to attend conferences where they can present their research and talk to leading experts in the field. Read more about this year's winners here

Lymphedema Patient Symposium, Boston, 9/28; Cam Ayala to deliver keynote

Join BIDMC/Harvard Medical School, in partnership with LE&RN, at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center in Boston, MA, on September 28 for the third annual Lymphedema Patient Symposium. This year's agenda will target patient-specific needs relating to lymphedema. Cam Ayala, LE&RN Ambassador, Patient Advocate, and 2019 Contestant on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise will deliver the keynote lecture, "Living Through the Trial of Primary Lymphedema."


Chicago Breast and Lymphedema Symposium

The Chicago Breast and Lymphedema Symposium, October 18-19, 2019, will impact the clinical practice and behavior of the target audience by updating the knowledge of diagnoses and therapies for breast cancer, lymphedema, and breast reconstruction. Symposium faculty will illustrate concrete examples of successful patient care through coordinated intervention by breaking down individual procedures and analyzing steps in patient care. Faculty will also discuss technique and challenges encountered in various surgical procedures. For the first time since its inception eight years ago, the Symposium will be open to the public and will include a Patient Advocacy Session. LE&RN is a co-sponsor of the event.

The Cerini Challenge

This year's Cerini Challenge fundraiser is almost halfway to its $10,000 goal. In August, longtime LE&RN Board Member Ken Cerini is completing a 50-mile hike in the Adirondacks where he will climb ten mountains. In September, he heads back to NH to tackle the President’s range and other mountains to meet the 50-mountain goal.

Let's show Ken that all of us at LE&RN are behind him as he tackles these challenges in the name of lymphedema and lymphatic education, research, and advocacy. Read all about Ken's journey here and please do what you can to support this wonderful fundraiser.

Visit LE&RN's Virtual Expo

LE&RN's Virtual Expo brings together companies that offer products and services to the lymphedema, lipedema, and lymphatic disease communities. These companies offer videos on a variety of topics. Check out LE&RN'S Virtual Expo today.