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

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

Kathy Bates and William Repicci speak out for LE and LD on Broadway

On November 18, LE&RN Spokesperson Kathy Bates was honored at The 24 Hour Plays Broadway Gala for her tireless commitment to lymphedema and lymphatic diseases through her work at LE&RN.

LE&RN President & CEO William Repicci provided an introduction that likened Kathy's impact to other stars who have devoted significant time and energy to making a difference: Michael J. Fox for Parkinson’s disease, Marlo Thomas for children’s illnesses, and Elizabeth Taylor for AIDS. This was followed by a video showing this impact over the years and, finally, Kathy Bates herself on the stage talking about what this movement means to her and why she remains so committed to building a better future for LE and LD patients, many of whom were in the audience.

Take some time to watch this video in its entirety, and share it with family and friends. If we can bring a Broadway theater to its feet, we can change the world by spreading that message further afield.


Support LE&RN on #GivingTuesday, 12/3

This #GivingTuesday, Facebook will provide $7 million in matching donations, up to $100,000 per charity and up to $20,000 per donor. We are seeking every possible dollar in matching Facebook funds!

But we cannot do it without each and every one of you. Please plan on participating in this fun and easy campaign on Tuesday. Just visit LE&RN's #GivingTuesday Facebook fundraiser and make a quick, easy, and safe donation, in whatever amount you are comfortable donating. Minimum Facebook donations start at just $5, Facebook waives all processing fees, and your donation may be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match. Facebook will begin matching donations at 8:00 AM Eastern Time (5:00 AM Pacific Time) on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. You can also set up your own #GivingTuesday fundraiser benefiting LE&RN. Those fundraisers are also eligible for Facebook matching dollars. Click "Going" on LE&RN's #GivingTuesday Facebook event page to let the world know that you'll be participating on Tuesday and to receive reminders as we get closer to the day.

Learn more about LE&RN's #GivingTuesday campaign here.


LE&RN Travel Awards available for young researchers 

LE&RN is offering ten $1,000 scholarships for young investigators (Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars within the first 5 years after receipt of their Ph.D.) to defray costs associated with attending the 2020 Gordon Research Conference: Lymphatics.

In addition, four Poster Awards will be presented. These scholarships and awards are made possible by LE&RN donors, and grants from PureTech Health and JUZO. (Past award winners shown here.)

Application and details here. Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019.


LE&RN is a Great Nonprofit!

Thanks to you and your reviews, LE&RN has won a 2019 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits! Read inspiring stories about LE&RN and add your own!


LE&RN represented at AVLS Annual Congress in Phoenix

Dr. Stanley Rockson (shown here with Crystal Garrett) and LE&RN Ambassadors Cam Ayala and Crystal Garrett led a discussion on the patient experience of diagnosing and treating lymphedema at The American Vein & Lymphatic Society (AVLS) 33rd Annual Congress in Phoenix on November 10, where LE&RN was an exhibitor. 


LE&RN is 20,000 strong on Facebook

Thanks to a robust LE and LD community on Facebook, LE&RN now has 20,000 Facebook fans! Help us to continue to reach more people liking and commenting on posts, and by inviting friends to follow our Facebook page.


Attention Lymphatic Researchers!

Join LE&RN for this free online Symposium with Zorina S. Galis, Ph.D. of the NIH. Dr. Galis will present "Navigating the NIH landscape in search of opportunities for extramural research: funding, resources, collaborations, advice.."

Also, LE&RN has just announced the creation of a lymphatic researcher database for the NIH. Please watch out for important information on this database and what we need from you to make it effective.


International friends: Be part of our WLD video 2020 with Kathy Bates!

If you live outside the United States, we want you in our 2020 World Lymphedema Day video featuring LE&RN Spokesperson Kathy Bates! Get complete details here.


Lymphedema Seminars

Lymphedema Seminars is offering "Networking and Educational Seminar for Lymphedema Therapists" on 12/6-8 at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston, TX.


UC San Francisco LE study at Mount Sinai, NYC

The University of California San Francisco is conducting a study at Mount Sinai, NYC, to investigate symptoms related to lymphedema. Participants who complete the study will receive $150. If you are a woman 18 years of age or older and have completed your active treatment (surgery, chemotherapy or radiation) for breast cancer at least six months ago and have lymphedema, you may be eligible. The study involves completing questionnaires as well as a two-hour evaluation and blood sample collection at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. For more information, call 212-241-8055 or email


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.


Thank you, Facebook fundraisers!

We are deeply grateful to all those who have used their birthdays and other milestones to ask friends and family to support LE&RN. If you haven't yet set up a Facebook fundraiser, it's fun and easy. Just visit this link: And see the growing list of active Facebook fundraisers here.