Our History

Our History

2010

LAM emerged from a new mother struggling to find a diagnosis for her sick child. Kim Avanthay has a child born with primary lymphedema. Instead of being able to enjoy the first year of her child's life she spent it feeling hopeless as doctors failed to supply a diagnosis or help of any kind. When her son finally received his diagnosis, Kim decided to educate herself further on lymphedema and how it can be treated. She was accepted as a Lymph Science Advocacy program (LSAP) participant which allowed her to attend the international professionals' conference in august of 2008 after which she was encouraged and motivated to do something about raising the lymphodema profile and awareness in Manitoba. She returned to Manitoba with a new determination to create lymphedema awareness which resulted in the creation of LAM.


The founding co-directors:

  • Sue Zwarich, RMT
  • Kim Avanthay, LSAP
  • Edith Mulhall, R.N., RMT, CLT-LANA

2012

After completing a draft it's By-laws LAM was formally incorporated under the Corporation Act and began the process to seek charitable status. It's inaugural meeting of members was held in May, including the nomination of the first LAM Board.

2013

After a great deal of effort and the support of MLA, Wayne Ewasko, Theresa Oswald, minister of health proclaimed March 6th as Lymphedema Awarness Day.

2014

March 8, 2014 -we hosted our 2nd Annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium in Winnipeg.

June 12, 2014 - Bill 209, Lymphedema Awareness Day Act, proclaims March 6 in each year as Lymphedema Awareness Day.

2015

March 14, 2015 - 3rd Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium, at Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites.

2016

March 12, 2016 - LAM's 4th annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium

2017

March 10th and 11th- we held our 5th annual symposium at Deer Lodge Learning Centre.

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