Countdown to the 3rd annual World Lymphedema Day
The World Lymphedema Day website has been filling up with events from around the world (see above map and visit the website for the very latest). We'll be sending out one eblast every day to highlight individual events. Keep your eye on your email, on our Facebook and Twitter, add an event of your own, and sign and share the petition to ask the World Health Organization (WHO) to Designate “LD Awareness & Cures” as its 2019 World Health Day Campaign.
Texas Walk & Fandango to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases
The first #LymphWalk of 2018 will be a Walk and Fandango to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases in Richmond, TX, on March 17 at 4pm. Bring your friends, family, and caregivers to George Ranch Historical Park and enjoy this Fandango, an authentic Texas celebration featuring a chuckwagon, tractor hay rides, and all things historically associated with ranching in the Lone Star State. Then, we'll cut the ceremonial ribbon and walk around a predetermined route on behalf of the estimated 10 million Americans, and 170 million worldwide, suffering from lymphedema and other lymphatic diseases. If you can't make the Walk, you can ride along on the hay wagon, Texas style!
Can't be in Texas for the Fandango, find a #LymphWalk near you and join the fight! Upcoming #LymphWalks: IL/MO in Godfrey, IL on April 21, New York in Brooklyn on April 28, and Washington, DC on May 12.
Dr. Stanley Rockson writes stirring opinion piece
In February, William Repicci wrote to LE&RN Supporting Members and allies and asked them to take some time to read an important piece by Dr. Stanley Rockson, “Lymphatic Medicine: Paradoxically and Unnecessarily Ignored.” Both Repicci's letter to supporters and Rockson's article are must-reads for anyone concerned about the future of care for LE and LD patients.
Applications for 2018 Travel Awards to the 20th IVBM being accepted now
The 20th International Vascular Biology Meeting will be held in Helsinki, Finland, from June 3-7, 2018. LE&RN is offering a limited number of travel awards (10 total of $600 USD) for young investigators who are LE&RN members (PhD students, medical students, and postdoctoral students) to defray registration and travel costs associated with attending. Visit our website for more information and to apply. Applications are due March 19.
Dr. Karina Yaniv featured in Weizmann Views
Weizmann Institute researcher, and LE&RN Leadership Award recipient, Karina Yaniv, Ph.D. had her latest work featured in Weizmann Views. Professor Yaniv's lab, a LE&RN research fellowship awardee, was first in the world to grow lymphatic cells in the lab. This breakthrough addressed the longstanding mystery of how the lymphatic system develops. She is now working to develop clinical treatments for lymph-related diseases, including lymphedema.
Chicago Breast Symposium & 7th World Symposium on Lymphedema Surgery
Clinician Networking Event in Baltimore, hosted by Medi USA
A LE&RN National Sponsor, Medi USA, is hosting a clinician networking event in Baltimore on March 13. Britta Vander Linden, LE&RN Maryland Chapter Chair, will be a speaker. More information is on LE&RN's website.
Volunteers Needed for Lymphedema and Lipedema Research Study
Vanderbilit School of Medicine is now enrolling women who have lymphedema in a leg following cancer treatment and are comfortable in an MRI scanner. The study is being conducted in Nashville, TN. This research study is funded in part by grant support from the Lymphatic Education & Research Network and the Lipedema Foundation. Details are available on LE&RN's website.
Visit LE&RN's Virtual Expo
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 Virtual Expo today.
Thomas Walsh represents Team USA at Paralympic Games
Skier Thomas Walsh, who battles lymphedema, represented the United States at the Paralympic Games in PyeongChang. Check out the NBC News Special on the athlete for an inspiring story.
Become a LE&RN Supporting Member
LE&RN's programs to fight LE and LD through education, research, and advocacy are only possible because of Supporting Members and corporate sponsors (below). If you are a Supporting Member, thank you. If you have not yet joined, please join the fight today.