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Donor Fair Raises Thousands for LGDA

Since their daughter was diagnosed with GLA in the summer of 2018, the Thomas family has made the 3 hour drive from their California home to Stanford for her treatment more than 2 dozen times. When Cece, now 2 years old, was diagnosed, Mr. Thomas’ coworkers rallied around the family to help. When he was invited to participate in his

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2019 Scientific Year in Review

A number of research studies were published in 2019 that will benefit patients around the world with complex lymphatic anomalies (CLAs). Below is information about about some key projects that were made possible through the financial support of patients, their families, friends of the LGDA and its research partner, the Lymphatic Malformation Institute (LMI); and the willingness of patients to

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Dissecting the Mechanisms of Bone Loss in Gorham-Stout Disease

Gorham-Stout disease (GSD) is characterized by progressive bone destruction and proliferation of lymphatic vessels.  In 2016, Andrea Del Fattore, PhD, and Andrea Bartuli, MD, and their team at Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital, in Rome, Italy, were awarded funds raised for a research study through the LGDA’s and LMI’s participation in the Million Dollar Bike Ride (MDBR). The goal of the

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Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill

Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill (February 25 – 28, 2020) brings rare disease community members from across the United States together to be educated on federal legislative issues, meet other advocates, and share their unique stories with legislators. We hope to have patients and families from across the country joining LGDA Director of Patient Programs Lisa Klepper in representing

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Advocacy Network for Vascular Anomalies

The LGDA and Klippel-Trenaunay Support Group have joined together to form the Advocacy Network for Vascular Anomalies (ANVA). Through this new effort ANVA member organizations will present a unified voice for all vascular anomalies patients to facilitate collaboration among clinical and research networks.  Advocacy organizations for vascular anomalies patients interested in joining ANVA may contact us for more information.

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2019 MDBR Brings in Over $60K for Research

We want to thank Team LGDA & LMI and all of you who supported them in the 2019 Million Dollar Bike Ride. Including matching funds, the event raised more than $60,000.00 that will go to important research of GLA, GSD, KLA, and CCLA! UPDATE: On August 22, 2019 the Orphan Disease Center issued its RFA for this funding cycle. The

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2019 Million Dollar Bike Ride

It’s time again for the Million Dollar Bike Ride! Now in its sixth year, this effort from our community has directly funded 10 research projects focused on our rare lymphatic diseases. In addition, the requests for proposals for research have identified other worthy projects that LGDA & LMI have funded through other channels. Every dollar donated to reach our goal

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Assessing Care Experience for Adult Patients with Vascular Anomalies

As the advocacy organization for the rare vascular anomalies of GLA/lymphangiomatosis, GSD, and KLA, the LGDA is aware of the lack of resources for adults with these conditions. We are working on recruiting adult providers but we need hard data from patients to help define where clinical resources are lacking. We have developed a survey to gather your experiences as

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