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

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

Pictured above: CA Youth Ambassador Awardee Bri Dobbs with her Run/Walk team, Mermaid Mafia.

LE&RN names CA #LymphWalk award recipients

Dave McDowell - Impact Award. The McDowell family raised funds to offer LE&RN Travel and Poster Awards for the 2017 Lymphatic Forum, in honor of their daughter Colette, who was born with a rare lung disease called pulmonary lymphangiectasia, where lymph fluid accumulates in her lungs, abdomen, and skin.

Dr. Nancy Gray - Advocate Award. Dr. Gray of the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) has been instrumental in pulling the medical community and the advocacy community together as this movement gains momentum.

Brianna Dobbs - CA Youth Ambassador. Bri was born with Primary LE. Last year, she traveled to Santa Monica for the CA #LymphWalk as a top fundraiser.

CA #LymphWalk, June 18

Join LE&RN in CA on June 18 for the 3rd annual California Run/Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases, proudly sponsored by the Lymphatic Education & Research Network and National Series Sponsors: BSN medical (Premier Presenting Sponsor), Tactile Medical (Presenting Sponsor), BioCompression Systems, Juzo, ImpediMed/L-Dex, Eiger, Sigvaris, Medi USA, Herantis, LympheDIVAS, Lympha Press, and Lymphedema Center, Santa Monica, Mikimoto, and Jay W. Granzow, Lymphedema Surgeon. 

The top 10 fundraisers (who have raised a minimum of $1,000) and a guest will be invited to an exclusive cocktail reception the night before the Run/Walk. The party is hosted by Academy Award winner Kathy Bates, LE&RN's National Spokesperson.

Visit for complete details about the CA Run/Walk and other upcoming events around the country. 

Let's Talk Lymphoedema (Lymphedema) book launch

LE&RN President and CEO William Repicci attended the launch of Let's Talk Lymphoedema (Lymphedema) with co-authors Professor Peter Mortimer and photojournalist Gemma Levine in London. During the month of June, a complimentary copy of the book will be offered to new Supporting Members at the $18/month or $200/year Sponsor-level. Spokesperson Kathy Bates and CEO William Repicci wrote book chapters. LE&RN is able to make this offer thanks to the generosity of Juzo, who sponsored the book.

Research News

Support #LymphaticFunding

LE&RN is working with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to request that "$70 million in lymphatic and lymphedema research funding be appropriated to the Office of the Director at NIH to support extramural interdisciplinary research relevant to the lymphatic system in health and disease.” 

Sign and share the petition today and help make #lymphaticfunding a national priority.

Lymphatic Forum 2017

Registration for researchers and medical professionals is open for the first Lymphatic Forum: Exploring the Lymphatic Continuum, June 8-10, in Chicago at Northwestern University. LE&RN is a proud co-organizer of the Lymphatic Forum and is pleased to provide LE&RN Supporting Members a $200 discount on registration.

Virtual Expo

LE&RN's Virtual Expo, a way for patients and the medical community to connect with the companies and professionals who specialize in lymphatic and venous diseases, such as lymphedema and lipedema, was recently redesigned. Visit today and let the newly redesigned Expo keep you up to date on products and services, and give you tips from experts to improve quality of life.

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.