What an incredible month of March! I can honestly say we are not losing with Lymphedema, in fact quite the opposite. As a Co-Chair for the Florida Chapter of LE&RN, I kicked off the month by announcing the first LE&RN Florida Chapter event, Lymphedema Awareness Night, March 29th 2016 with the NBA team, Orlando Magic.
LE&RN also launched a petition to recognize the first annual World Lymphedema Day, March 6th 2016. The Lymphedema community celebrated as we gained over 5,000 signatures! The US Senate, the NYS legislature and Ottawa, Canada all passed resolutions marking March 6th as #WLD, a day that was honored around the world.
I was blessed with an opportunity to speak about the LE&RN Florida Chapter and Lymphedema Treatment Act at a Lymphedema support group, which was held at the Lymphedema and Physical Therapy Specialists clinic in Clermont, Florida. I also highlighted the importance of significance regardless of our circumstance and how to find purpose within our journey. It was a night filled with inspiration and empowerment for all!
The next day I started off the morning by visiting WESH 2 News for a live TV interview, highlighting the Lymphedema Awareness Night event and to give voice for the millions that are affected by the epidemic of Lymphedema, including myself. Later that day my Florida Chapter Co-Chair Annette joined me to prepare for the festivities. Thousands of excited attendees poured into the Amway Arena for a 7:00pm game. Minutes before the start of the game, the Orlando Magic welcomed me to center court announcing March as Lymphedema Awareness Month and the movement that is taking place within the Lymphedema community.
It was an amazing night with the Orlando Magic pulling out a huge win against the Brooklyn, Nets. Thank you to MediUSA for your generous sponsorship for our awesome T-Shirts and to the Orlando Magic for supporting Lymphedema. To those who purchased tickets, supported by making a donation, shared words of encouragement and allowed our voices to be heard through media, interviews, national support and even center court at the game, Thank you! Your stance for Lymphedema is changing and inspiring lives around the world!
March, Lymphedema Awareness month has come to a close with BIG WINS! However we must continue to give voice everyday, because I reassure you we are on the cusp of greater WINS to come!!!
Live to Inspire,
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