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Legislative Action Week

The LGDA is joining with other lymphatic disease advocates in a virtual National Week of Action this week, August 17-21, 2020. We need your active participation to educate Members of Congress about how lymphatic disease affects you or your child, and what Congress can do to support those living with these rare diseases. Please call and/or email your Congressional representatives

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Building Our Research Network

The LGDA is very pleased to announce the following new team members:   Michael Kelly, MD, PhD, a pediatric hematology-oncology specialist with over twenty years’ leadership in the care of children and adults with vascular anomalies, joined the LGDA in June of 2020 as Chief Medical Officer. In this newly created position, Dr. Kelly will provide strategic oversight for foundation

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Michael

Dr. Kimberley E. Steele serves the LGDA and LMI as Director of Patient-Led Research. She has shared the story of Michael’s diagnostic journey, her perspective, and the video Michael made to tell his story. When Michael was just turning 6 years old, I received a call while at work that Michael had a high fever. It was unlike any “kid”

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COVID-19 Questions and Answers for Complex Vascular Anomalies Families

In an effort to address concerns of those living with rare vascular anomalies, several patient advocacy organizations have compiled a list of frequently asked questions from our affected families concerning COVID-19. The medical advisors from the patient advocacy organizations worked together to prepare responses to these questions. The vascular anomalies community advocates have jointly collaborated with our medical advisors to

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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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