Love The Lymphedema Treatment Act- Valentines Walk 2016
Team Member: Nancy Ambrose
EVENT DATE Feb 14, 2016
As many of you know when I was in the car accident on Easter Sunday 2013 it caused me to have lymphedema and it became bad over the holidays and so I have been going to Blake Medical Center twice a week since getting it back under control to hopefully what will become my new normal. I will have to work on this condition every day for the rest of my life. Flying will be my worst enemy along with saunas -- one of my favorite things and hot tubs, lifting, carrying and doing things with my right arm and yes I am right
handed. So yes my life has changed. Many people I have talked to say that the lumphedema is worse than the cancer surgery and treatment and I would have to agree. One of the things that helps lymphedema patients are compression garments -- however they are not covered by insurance or medicare. Please donate to help us in the fight to ensure that all lymphedema patients have access to their vital compression treatment supplies. Come see me at the Beach Market at Coquina Beach on Valentine's Day -- I will be walking up and down the multi-purpose trail all day and if I haven't walked 5 miles will finish after the market is over -- but come by and show your support!!! HUGS!
Why Are We Fundraising?
In April, we will be holding an event in Washington DC known as "Lymphedema Lobby Days". This will be our third Lobby Days in as many sessions of Congress. Over 100 volunteers are expected to travel from around the country to lobby Members of Congress for the passage of the Lymphedema Treatment Act (LTA). Lobby Days has traditionally garnered dozens of critical new cosponsors for the LTA, however, the event is not without expense. This is where you come in! Most people cannot join us in Washington (though all are welcome) but you can help support our lobbying efforts by donating today! Read more about Lobby Days by clicking here.
How Can You Help? There Are Two Options to Chose From:
1.Simply Donate: Just click the "DONATE" button to make a secure online donation. If you’d feel more comfortable donating by check, you can make checks payable to The Lymphedema Advocacy Group and mail them to: The Lymphedema Advocacy Group, PO Box 1682, Carrboro, NC 27510.
2.Join “The Team”: If you are feeling even a little adventurous (and we hope you are), you could click the “Fundraise for This Campaign” button and walk anywhere you want in your hometown. When you join, you can "edit" your walk page to personalize it like Sophia's below. You can watch a brief "how to" video we've prepared by clicking here.
- You can then easily share the fundraiser links via social media (like Facebook, Twitter, or email) with friends and family. Let them know that you have joined the walk and ask if they might support you and your cause with a donation.
- You can also print a poster or a flyer to hand out by clicking here.
- As far as the walk, you can walk 10 feet or 10 miles! You can walk on your own or bring a friend (or two or twenty)! You can walk indoors or out! Whatever you like and whatever works for you.
- We just ask that you spread the word, walk on February 14th, and donate!
- Many of the Lymphedema Advocacy Group board members will be walking in their hometowns too!
- If you’d like some LTA swag (like t-shirts and bags) you can pick them up by clicking here!
- Send us a pic of you on the walk and we’ll upload it to our Facebook page!
- ** By joining The Team you assume all legal responsibility for your safety during the walk, as outlined here **
What's Our Big Hurry?
This is a critical year for the Lymphedema Treatment Act. We have made amazing progress in the 114th Congress since our bill was introduced last March. But we need your help to make it over the finish line! Once a two year session of Congress is finished (this session will wrap up at the end of this year), the whole process starts over and the bill has to be re-introduced. Legislating is not easy and we aim to finish the job in THIS Congress once and for all!
Note: Contributions or gifts to the Lymphedema Advocacy Group are not tax deductible. As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, the Lymphedema Advocacy Group engages in lobbying activity, in keeping with its mission, for passage of the Lymphedema Treatment Act.