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PRESS RELEASE: 4th annual California #LymphWalk in Santa Monica, June 24

PRESS RELEASE: 4th annual California #LymphWalk in Santa Monica, June 24

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SANTA MONICA, CA – June 14, 2018 – Oceanfront Walk (2000 Ocean Avenue) in Santa Monica will be a sea of teal on June 24 as lymphedema and lymphatic disease advocates gather for their annual 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness and funding for diseases that affect over 10 million Americans and up to 170 million worldwide. The event will benefit the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), a non-profit founded in 1998.

LE&RN thanks National Walk Sponsors Jobst (Premier National Sponsor), Tactile Medical (Presenting Sponsor), Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Herantis Pharma, ImpediMed/L-Dex, Juzo, Sigvaris, Bio Compression Systems, L&R USA, mediUSA, Lympha Press USA, and LympheDIVAS.

As in prior years, LE&RN Spokesperson Kathy Bates will host a cocktail reception for top fundraisers the evening before the event. At the Run/Walk, Arun Rekha, India Chapter Chair, will accept the LE&RN Patient Advocate Award. Arun has worked tirelessly on behalf of the patient population in India, who often must endure extensive travel to attend clinics on self-care. Dennis Schlaht, of ImpediMed/L-Dex, will receive the LE&RN Advocate Award.

“This year’s LymphWalk in California will recognize two individuals who have made extraordinary impacts on the LE and LD communities,” said William Repicci, LE&RN President and CEO. “Arun Rekha has traveled throughout India, making a difference in the lives of people who often struggle to obtain access to care. Arun has also connected the growing advocacy movement in India to LE&RN’s global efforts. Dennis Schlaht, of ImpediMed/L-Dex, was an early corporate supporter of LE&RN and has regularly attended LE&RN events. His presence has left a lasting impression on Run/Walk participants who so often have felt isolated as they struggle with these diseases. It will be my honor to see these extraordinary individuals receive these well-deserved honors at the 4th annual California LymphWalk. It is because of the commitment of people like them that the movement to fight LE and LD has gained such momentum over the past few years.”

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About LE&RN
Founded in 1998, the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (formerly LRF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization whose mission is to fight lymphatic disease and lymphedema through education, research, and advocacy. LE&RN provides valuable education resources for the millions of people who suffer from lymphedema and lymphatic disease. LE&RN fosters and supports research that can deepen the medical community's understanding of the lymphatic system. For more information about lymphatic disease or the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, please visit or call (516) 625-9675.