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Together we can pass the Lymphedema Treatment Act!
Together we can pass the Lymphedema Treatment Act!

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We've reached another HUGE milestone! 220 cosponsors - that's more than 50% of the House of Representatives!

However, there is no magic number, but the more we have the stronger our chances of getting the ‪#‎Lymphedema‬ Treatment Act passed this year!

So keep contacting your members of Congress!
1. Call your Senators; Call your Rep - After entering your zip code, talking points, the number to call, and staff member to ask for are provided. In most cases you are simply leaving a message, but this step is so important! Senators: http://goo.gl/mYMJMn Rep: http://goo.gl/7nlccK
2. Email your Senators and Rep - Some offices need little more than to be asked. Others need a lot of education and persuasion from their constituents. Every email and call makes a difference! http://goo.gl/qkn5UA
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THERE IS STILL TIME TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 

Our AMAZING walkers from all over the country walked hundreds of miles in support of the #Lymphedema Treatment Act and we have had fantastic support so far. We are so close to our goal! 

Help us cross the finish line by donating this week! https://www.crowdrise.com/lovethelymphedema/fundraiser/LAGBOARD

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Show your Love for Lymphedema Patients - the LTA Valentine's Day Walk is Today!

https://www.crowdrise.com/lovethelymphedema/fundraiser/LAGBOARD

Today, ‪#‎lymphedema‬ advocates around the country will be walking to raise funds to support passage of the Lymphedema Treatment Act!
This is our big fundraiser for 2016 and we hope you can help us reach our goal. We are already 80% of the way there!

To make your donation, please visit our CrowdRise page: https://www.crowdrise.com/lovethelymphe…/fundraiser/LAGBOARD

We are an all-volunteer group, and every dollar raised goes directly into our advocacy efforts to pass the LTA.

Please join us and help us get the LTA passed THIS YEAR!

Pictured below is MI Team Member Deb with a few of her 300+ students who showed their Love for the LTA during a walk held on Friday. Deb is a breast cancer survivor and dubbed their walk the “Purple Walk” because breast cancer (pink) plus lymphedema (turquoise) equals purple.
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Show the LTA some LOVE by participating in our Valentine’s Virtual Walk 2016!

We’re holding a virtual walk on February 14th to show some love for the Lymphedema Treatment Act and raise funds for the upcoming ‪#‎Lymphedema‬ Lobby Days in Washington, DC, April 18-20.

How Can You Help? There Are Two Options to Choose From: Simply Donate or Join/Create a team.

Check out our Crowdrise page for details on both options! https://goo.gl/6uN9I3

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!

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.

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Wonderful news - Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) along with Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have introduced the ‪#‎Lymphedema‬ Treatment Act in the Senate!
It is extremely important that your Senators hear from you. Please contact your Senators to ask them to cosponsor the Lymphedema Treatment Act!

We've made it easy to contact your Senators and Reps:
Step #1 - E-mail your Rep & Senators http://goo.gl/3as5RV - template letter provided, just fill in your name and address and personalize the letter if desired.
Step #2 - Call your Senators http://goo.gl/mYMJMn - talking points, number to call, and staff member to ask for provided - this step is so important!
Step #3 - Call your Rep http://goo.gl/7nlccK - talking points, number to call, and staff member to ask for provided - this step is so important!
Step #4 - Contact your Rep & Senators Via Social Media http://goo.gl/BQf9xs - links for accounts and sample tweets and Facebook posts provided.
*Repeat Steps 1-4 As Needed!
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Our stories are powerful! Anyone whose life has been touched by #‪‎lymphedema‬ – patients, caregivers, friends or family members, healthcare professionals, etc.
Please take a moment to share your lymphedema story via the submission form on our website: http://lymphedematreatmentact.org/share-your-lymphedema-story/

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Save the date! 2016 ‪#‎Lymphedema‬ Lobby Days in Washington, DC, will be April 18th-20th.

No experience is required and everyone is welcome! Additional details will be available soon. You can learn more about this exciting, educational, and inspiring event on the Lobby Days page of our website, and read what participants at our last Lobby Days had to say about their experience.
http://lymphedematreatmentact.org/lymphedema-lobby-days/
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What caused a newborn twin’s badly swollen legs?
LAG Founder and Executive Director, Heather Ferguson's struggle to get her son properly diagnosed is featured in today's Washington Post. ‪#‎lymphedema‬

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6 Things You May Not Know About Lymphedema - ‪#‎lymphedema‬ ‪#‎infographic‬ http://goo.gl/o80wa0 
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Momentum Monday - We're kicking off our Summer Social Media Action Week! Get examples of ways to contact your members of Congress via Social Media! ‪#‎lymphedema‬

http://lymphedematreatmentact.org/contact-congress-via-social-media/
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