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Did you know: 

There are an estimated one million Canadians living with lymphedema or chronic edema due to disorders of the lymph system. 

BC currently has no medical coverage for the management of this disease and until 2019 the province had no treatment facilities. The main source of treatment is through private fees for service therapists who are trained in manual lymph drainage (MLD) or complete decongestive therapy (CDT). 

Patients with lymphedema or chronic edema are often unable to work at their original capacity due to the debilitating nature of the disease. With limited income and no extended medical benefits, these people often cannot afford private treatment or compression garments. 

BCLA has organized education and awareness days in Vancouver since 2010. In 2019, we decided to offer smaller regional workshops across the province to bring information to those who have difficulty travelling. The first one was held on November 30th, 2019 in Prince George. Presently, we are on track in planning for two regional workshops in 2022. 

In November 2019, BCLA initiated a fundraising drive through the VGH/UBC Foundation to raise funds for diagnostic and microsurgery equipment for the first dedicated Lymphedema Program in BC. Since January 2021, Drs. Brown, Weiss, and Isaac have been offering assessment clinics. In early 2022, patients are anticipated to begin consideration for the option of corrective surgery. 

We are now focusing on new initiatives. Your donation to any one of these BCLA programs can help turn a dream into reality. 

Donate $40 – Buy a 1-year membership for a new member, without means. 

Donate $50 – Publicity to spread awareness of early diagnosis and intervention. 

Donate $100 Support for research in lymphatic disorders. 

Donate $200 - $250 – Obtain high-quality speakers for patient education. 

Donate $500 – Bursary for MLD therapists training (1 per region). 

Donate $500 - $1000 – Sponsor a regional workshop. 

Your donations are essential to support these initiatives


Donations can be made to BCLA through the following channels: 

Be sure to specify the intent of your donation. 

  • E-transfer to: info@bclymph.org 

  • Mail a cheque to: BC Lymphedema Association, 723 Donegal Place, North Vancouver, BC V7N 2X6 

  • Online through: canadahelps.org

Thank you!



Email Address:
info@bclymph.org

Telephone:
1-866-991-2252 Toll Free (Canada & USA)
Lower Mainland 604-924-6282

Mailing Address:

BC Lymphedema Association
723 Donegal Place
North Vancouver, BC  V7N 2X6

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