Bringing lymphedema ‘into the light’

26 Feb

LE&RN LogoNext Friday night at a fundraising dinner the Lymphatic Education and Research Network (LE&RN) is honoring me for raising awareness of lymphedema.

As LE&RN’s executive director, Bill Repicci, says, “Although an estimated ten million Americans suffer from lymphedema, this disease remains in the shadows. LE&RN honors Britta for her ongoing efforts to bring lymphedema into the light, champion research and give this cause a voice.

Britta Vander Linden

Me blushing

*blush blush*

The dinner is on March 7th at 7 p.m. at the Putnam County Golf Course (about an hour and a half north of New York City) and will feature dancing, music and raffle prizes. Tickets are $75 per person (youth tickets $45 -12 and under) and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling (516) 625-9675. All proceeds to benefit LE&RN.

Connor Looby

Connor being adorable

What’s even better is that the event is being organized by seven-year old Connor Looby and his family. Connor suffers from intestinal lymphangiectasia as well as lymphedema. My fellow honorees at the event are two of the doctors who have cared for Connor. Not bad company I’m keeping.

If you cannot join us, I highly encourage you to give. When a cure for lymphatic diseases is someday found – and I believe it will – it is likely to emerge as a result of the unyielding commitment of LE&RN and the generous people who support its cause.

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