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Lymphedema & Lymphatic Disease Matters, News from LE&RN, July 2017

LE&RN Supporting Membership drive picks up momentum

Last week, LE&RN released a video of LE&RN Spokesperson Kathy Bates and LE&RN Youth Ambassador Emma Detlefsen meeting for the first time -- showing what is possible when LE&RN Members come together. Thousands have now viewed the video on Facebook thanks to all those who shared with friends and family.

In an e-mail announcing the video to LE&RN followers, LE&RN President & CEO William Repicci urged all who care about lymphedema and lymphatic diseases to join the fight with these amazing Supporting Members. And now is the perfect time to make a difference. New Sponsor-level Supporting Members ($18/month or $200/year) will receive a free copy of the new book Let’s Talk Lymphoedema: The Essential Guide to Everything You Need to Know, by Gemma Levine and Professor Peter Mortimer, published by Elliott & Thompson. Join the fight today.

Run/Walks to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases

LE&RN Run/Walks are about fund-raising, but they are also about community building. Find a Run/Walk near you and meet other advocates who are changing the world -- one step at a time. Upcoming #LymphWalks, including Colorado and New York in September, and Wisconsin in October, can be found at LE&RN thanks #LymphWalk National Series sponsors: BSN medical (Premier Presenting Sponsor), Tactile Medical (Presenting Sponsor), BioCompression Systems, Juzo, ImpediMed/L-Dex, EigerSigvaris, MediUSA, Herantis, LympheDIVAS, and Lympha Press.

Vein Magazine and WebMD Highlight LE&RN, Lymphedema (LE) and Lymphatic Diseases (LD)

While LE and LD remain under-recognized, we are making progress in raising awareness among the medical community and the public at large.

Vein Magazine recently gave LE&RN and lymphedema its cover story. With interviews with Kathy Bates, Dr. Stan Rockson, and LE&RN President & CEO William Repicci, Vein's writers explore the importance of a recognized acronym for lymphedema (LE), and the need for vascular surgeons to become experts in the disease.

At the same time, WebMD interviewed Kathy Bates and brought the story of LE to its vast audience.

LE&RN U.S. Lymphedema Therapist Scholarship
Deadline August 4

There is a shortage of qualified lymphedema therapists in the United States, which is why LE&RN has partnered with LymphNotes to offer LE&RN/ LymphNotes U.S. Lymphedema Therapist Scholarships -- to encourage healthcare professionals to obtain specialty lymphedema therapist training and certification.

These scholarships are awarded annually in honor of writer and lymphedema advocate Ann Ehrlich who initiated the awards in 2013. We anticipate being able to award at least 10 scholarships this year. In addition to the LE&RN/LymphNotes Therapist Scholarship, LE&RN is pleased to partner with Gay Lee Gulbrandson, CLT-LANA, Dr. Vodder Schools International Certified Instructor to offer (2) $1000 grants toward her 5-Day Basic Class in California. Complete details are available on LE&RN's website. 

The LE&RN Symposium Series

LE&RN presented two Symposiums in July, both discussing the role of diet on lymphedema, lymphatic diseases, and lipedema. The Science and Practice of Low-Carb/High-Fat/Ketogenic Way of Eating for Lymphatic Disorders, was presented by Dr. Eric Westman on July 11. This was followed on July 26 with a Symposium featuring Leslyn Keith, OTD, OTR/L, CLT-LANA Diet and Lifestyle for Lymphatic Disorders: Implementing a Ketogenic Diet.

The next Symposium will be held Thursday, August 24, at 11am EDT (10am CDT, 9am MDT, 8am PDT). Wound Care and Lymphedema Treatment: Synergies, Pitfalls and Pearls for Success will be presented by Robyn Bjork MPT, CWS, CLT-LANA, CLWT.

The LE&RN Symposium Series is free and open to all due to the generosity of LE&RN Corporate Sponsors and Supporting Members.

The Lymphedema Symposium at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School

LE&RN is proud to collaborate with The Lipedema Project USA on The Lymphedema Symposium, which will take place at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School in Boston, November 3-4, 2017. LE&RN President & CEO William Repicci is a featured speaker at the event, which will be Livestreamed by LE&RN.

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.

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Become a Supporting Member

LE&RN Supporting Members fund educational programs such as the LE&RN Symposium Series; research fellowships, grants, and scholarships; and advocacy efforts such as the drive to secure $70 million in NIH funding. None of this can happen without your commitment. If you haven't done so already, become a Supporting Member today. Consider a Sponsor-level Membership at $18/month or $200/year. 

For a limited time, new Sponsor-level Members of LE&RN will receive a free copy of the book thanks to the generosity of Juzo.