Each year, on March 6th, Manitobans have the opportunity to honour and participate in Lymphedema Awareness Day.
Our lymphatic system is responsible for fighting disease and infections. Lymphedema occurs when lymphatic fluid cannot drain properly, causing swelling of the arms, legs and other parts of the body. It can lead to severe infection and loss of use of the affected limbs.
There is no cure yet for Lymphedema. Therefore Lac du Bonnet MLA Wayne Ewasko introduced legislation in 2013 that designates March 6 to be annually recognized as Lymphedema Awareness Day, in hopes of bringing public attention to this debilitating condition and to support those people living daily with its effects.
“As we work towards finding a cure we must start with raising awareness,” said MLA Ewasko. “Creating awareness about this condition, who is at risk, and what treatments are available will make it easier to access information and ensure that help is available for those who need it.”
The PC Caucus encourages all Manitobans to learn more about Lymphedema by participating in various events put on by the Lymphedema Association of Manitoba (LAM) and others community members to highlight the day.