Cherie Acerno - LE&RN Walk for Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases 2014
Description: Cherie Acerno delivered a stirring speech at the 2014 Walk for Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases at Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn, in front of hundreds of lymphedema and lymphatic disease advocates and fundraisers. Ms Acerno's father, Morton Weitzner, developed lymphedema as a teenager and battled the disease throughout his life. His struggle inspired his sister, Dorothea Weitzner, to sponsor research fellowships in the causation, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lymphedema. The Weitzner Family Bequest is currently funding two two-year research fellowships, and will fund many more in years to come. Recently, thanks to this bequest, research proposals from the University of Uppsala and University of Queensland were selected to receive funding to study the pathology of lymphedema. In tribute to her father, and as the representative for the HENRY M. WEITZNER, EDNA K. WEITZNER, DOROTHEA M. WEITZNER AND MORTON L. WEITZNER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS, Ms. Acerno told her story at the 2014 Walk for Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases in Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn. This is her story.