MAKE A DONATION TO THE BCLA!
Did you know that there are an estimated one million Canadians living with Chronic Edema or Lymphedema? BC currently has no medical coverage for the management of this condition and up to this time the province had no treatment facility. Currently the only treatment is through private therapists trained in manual lymph drainage (MLD) or complete decongestive therapy (CDT) but these are only available for a fee for service. Many people with Lymphedema and chronic edema are unable to work at their original capacity due to the debilitating nature of the chronic disease. With limited income and no extended medical benefits, these people often cannot afford private treatment or compression garments.
However in November 2019 the BCLA initiated a fundraising drive through the VGH/UBC Foundation. The funds raised will be used to provide diagnostic & microsurgery equipment for the first BC dedicated Lymphedema clinic in BC. The clinic, located in the new VGH Diamond Center, opened on Jan 17th 2020, surgery will begin later this year.
BCLA Has Two Significant Goals:
1. To provide education workshops to teach people "Risk Reduction" strategies to alleviate their condition. BCLA has organized education & awareness days in Vancouver every alternate year since 2010.
Now we want to take information to those with chronic edema, for whom mobility is restricted and who cannot travel to conferences in Vancouver. Our goal now is to offer smaller education workshops across the province. The first was held in Prince George on Nov 30th 2019. We hope to present similar workshops in Victoria & Kelowna in 2020.
Donations are essential to support the costs of providing education days to help Lymphedema patients learn how to manage their condition.
2. To raise sufficient funds to provide diagnostic equipment to open the dedicated Lymphedema clinic. If you know anyone who has Chronic Edema or Lymphedema, we hope that you will consider making a donation either to the BC Lymphedema Association (BCLA) to enable us to meet our goals.
Donations can be made either to BCLA or to the VGH Foundation Lymphedema Program fund through the following channels: