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

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

Don't miss the 10th anniversary of the NY 5K Fun Run & Walk to Fight LE & LD

Join LE&RN in New York City for the 10th annual NY 5K Fun Run & Walk to Fight LE & LD on October 19 at a new location: Riverside Park on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Enjoy the fall foliage and views of the Hudson while participating in the LymphWalk that started it all. Visit the NY 5K Fun Run & Walk to Fight LE & LD page to register. Early-bird discounts are available, while supplies last, using discount code NYEARLY2019. On-site registration/check-in for this 5K starts at 9am at Riverside Park on October 19.


LE&RN President & CEO William Repicci reaches out to the research community

In September, William Repicci wrote a series of e-mails to lymphatic researchers. The emails covered: 

If you missed these emails, please review them now. Our goal is to continue to build on the partnerships we have created at the NIH. Pictured here: LE&RN CEO, William Repicci (third from right) and Scientific Medical Advisory Board Member, Tim Padera, Ph.D. (at far right), at a meeting with the staff of National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI).


Join LE&RN for this free online Symposium on October 16

Optimizing Surgical Treatment of Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: Evolution at MD Anderson Cancer Center with Dr. Edward I. Chang will be live at 1pm EDT (12pm CDT, 11am MDT, 10am PDT) on October 16. Please save the date and join us on our Livestream channel.


Television Talk Show Host Wendy Williams joins LE&RN Honorary Board

"I recently learned that I suffer from lymphedema (LE),” said Wendy Williams in the press release announcing her joining LE&RN's Honorary Board. “I also learned that up to 10 million Americans have this disease. When I discovered LE&RN, I knew immediately that together we could use our platforms to raise awareness of its causes, as well as all of the research available, so that millions of Americans can find the professional help they need to treat the disease.” We are happy to have Wendy on board and thank her for using her celebrity to bring attention to LE and LD.

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.


LE&RN Board Chair Debbie Miles advocates for the LTA

LE&RN Board Chair Debbie Miles successfully secured co-sponsorship of the Lymphedema Treatment Act from Senator Lindsey Graham in September. Debbie and husband Bill are pictured with Senator Graham.


LE&RN becomes member of NIAMS Coalition

LE&RN is now a member of the NIAMS (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Coalition, creating connections for science.

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


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!


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.


2019 National Lymphedema Network (NLN) Conference

Join the National Lymphedema Network at this year's conference which will be held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, Saturday 10/26/19 - Monday 10/28/19. They have a substantial and comprehensive program offering with at least 20.0 hrs that will be submitted for CEU/CME. There will be a myriad of opportunities for networking, wonderful events to look forward to, and a keynote speech on the lymphatics of the brain. All meals are included. Register here.


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.