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Current Fundraiser Status as of
December 8, 2021

~ Please Help Us Reach Our Goal

LAO Virtual Fundraiser 2021

Challenge: Lymphedema

Strive for Compassion

Aug 16, 2021

Hello LAO members,

We are excited to see several teams have signed up for the Challenge: Lymphedema 2021 Fundraiser and donations are already flowing, we have raised over $500 of our $20,000 goal already! 

Your funds will also help us continue to fund the Compassion Fund, support our donation of diagnostic equipment for Lymphedema to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, run our toll-free help line, support groups, advocacy work and provide educational material for patients and health professionals. 

Why is your support so important?

We receive no government funding and rely solely on donations and membership dues to survive. Your support will ensure we can continue with the programs and services that lymphedema patients need.  

We realize these are challenging times and many of us are coping with dramatic changes to our lives. To make fundraising efforts easier for those who want simplify their contribution an Ontario wide team has been formed, Ontario Challenge: Lymphedema team, you can sign up here: Team Ontario Canada Helps Page and please fill out and return this form to us Participant Waiver Form.

You can commit to as little or as much activity as you want and share the page with friends and family, to raise funds. For those not comfortable with online donations they can also donate by cheque or credit card, the following form can be printed:

Printable Donation Form 


Please donate Virtually by clicking here! 

(donations of $20 or more receives a tax receipt)

If you need help or have any questions please email

Thank you for helping with our fundraising efforts!  


Dolores Steinwall

President of The Lymphedema Association of Ontario

Professional Membership Drive!
New members 50% off for a limited time!

Click here for more information or email

Benefits include:

Professional Directory Listing, Quarterly Pathways Magazine, Webinars, access to support groups, e-newsletters & access to comprehensive lists of resources.

Challenge LE Final Concert
Thank you to everyone who attended the final concert!  Due to technical issues we were unfortunately unable to show a video provided by one of our wonderful performers.  Please click here to view the video - thank you Carol for your beautiful contribution!

Covid 19 & Cancer Webinar Recording from Sunnybrook

Click here to view the recording

LE&RN Symposium Series

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PDF Copies of the LIMPRINT Reports
Click here to View

Upcoming events

    • 08 Dec 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Dec 2021
    • Toronto

    Casting Call!


    Jigsaw Casting has invited Lymphedema Association of Ontario to take part in a casting call for cancer survivors, their family and friends, for the

    Taking Care of My Skin When Facing Cancer campaign by La Roche-Posay 

    The campaign is designed to promote a La Roche-Posay skin cream to improve the quality of life of people living with sensitive or weakened skin due to cancer. 

    They are looking for:

    • A parent who is a survivor and their adult daughter and son. Parent: age 40+. Son or daughter: age 18+
    • Female cancer survivor along with her 2 sisters or close friends (female friends preferred). Age: 25-60. 
    • Female survivor with her friend, family member or solo. Open to a recent survivor with a bald head, or to someone who has supported a loved one, who happens to have a shaved head or is bald. Age: 25-60.
    • LGBTQIA+ couple. One of them is a survivor. Age: 25-60.
    • A male and female couple. One of them is a survivor. Age: 25-60. 

    Pay is approx $5,500 per person if selected. 


    Must be available for these dates in Toronto:

    • Zoom Recall: December 9th, 2021, 2021 
    • COVID Test and wardrobe: December 12th, 2021
    • Shoot date: December 14th, 2021

    Other details:

    • This is a non-union campaign. 
    • COVID test will be required prior to shoot
    • No acting experience is required, non-speaking role
    • If interested, please apply online together, have one person submit the application on behalf of your group. 

     Application form: 

     Self tape instructions: 

    For more information on campaign: 

    *Production and talent will follow all COVID SAFETY ON SET PROTOCOL. 

    Note: Starting Dec 9th - the ACCP (Association of Canadian Commercial Productions) has mandated that all film crew and Talent over the age of 12 MUST BE fully Vaccinated in order to be on set . Proof of vaccination will be required. Any individual who does not meet this requirement will not be employed. The only permitted exceptions are those who are medically exempt which would excuse them from vaccination.  

    • 10 Dec 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
    • Zoom


    Please note: This Webinar Will NOT be Recorded and is only open to professionals. 

    1. Date and time:

    Dec 10th, 2021. 12:00-12:30 pm (EST)


    1. Speaker’s name:

    Anne-Kathrin Gutmann, National Product Education Manager medi Canada


    2. Bio:

    Clinical nurse

    Lipoedema and Lymphoedema treatment Specialist / Compression garments at the world-known Földiklinik, Germany (2013-2017).

    medi Germany’s Star Certified Trainer Award in Lymphology/Phlebology (2017-2019)


    3. Description:

    A scientifically and practically orientated session that will cover current trends and needs in the treatment of lymph- and lipedema.
    We will discuss the new opportunities technology brings retailers and fitters and cover various aspects of successful lymph- and lipedema treatment in 2021, thanks to state of the art options developed by the industry leader in compressive solutions.





    • Part 1 – mediven flat-knit garments : great user comfort, better fit and new improved features
    • Part 2 – Self-Management with medi : what‘s new in CircAid
    • Part 3 – medi Vision - can we take measurements for flat-knit garments digitally? Yes, we (s)can!
    • Part 4 – Q&A session
    • 15 Dec 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Zoom

    LAO Virtual Support Group 

    December 15th, 4pm (EST) on Zoom


    This month we will be hosting another virtual support group consisting of only lymphedema patients! This will be a great opportunity to share and discuss personal lymphedema management skills that we have each developed over the years. Additionally, it will be our last meeting before the end of 2021!

    In the spirit of the holiday season, feel free to wear your festive hats and sweaters to celebrate this time of year with us!


    We have launched a monthly lymphedema support group created for and by people with lymphedema.  We come together to share information, hopes, fears, successes and hardships in a safe space to co-create support and growth. 

    We launched this initiative for March 6th, 2021 in honor of World Lymphedema Day, this monthly event will be facilitated by a volunteer member lymphedema therapist from across Ontario. 

    Facilitators are here to guide and support the group. 

    Guiding principles:

    1. We are based on self-help and mutual support

    2. We believe in learning from each other 

    3. We believe in positive and non-judgmental attitudes

    4. We believe in all voices being heard 

    Opening the group:

    1. Introduce facilitators

    2. Explain mute/unmute

    3. Explain using chat features and raise hand to talk

    4. Start with an icebreaker (tell us where you are from, where your lymphedema is, and if you have any plans for the holidays)

    Our goal is that everyone gets and gives support. Please use positive language. We hope to see you there!

    First 24 people to register may attend!

    • 13 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 10 Mar 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Virtual Sessions

    A Ray of Hope in Uncertain Times

    Coping Skills Group

    for people with cancer and

    their loved ones 

    with Dr. Jill Bailey MD CCFP FCFP

    Event Details

    • Thursdays January 13 2022 to March 10 2022 1-3pm (off Thursday February 10) with a 15 min break
    • fully OHIP funded, virtual sessions

    Event Goals

    Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness, patients in this 8 week group program will explore strategies to:

    experience emotions like sadness, anger and fear without being overwhelmed by them.

    ✅ hold onto hope without being in denial.
    ✅ cope with the symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment.

    reconnect with a sense of control and meaning in their lives.

    This group is meant for people who:

    • Have a cancer diagnosis or are a close family member of someone with cancer.
    • Are experiencing psychological distress, anxiety, depression, or difficulty coping with the effects of cancer on their life (a pre- existing mental health diagnosis is not required)

    Please note: If you are scheduled for treatment or surgery during the group timeframe, it may not be the best time to join the group. However, this can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


    (please select "video intake session for OHIP/UHIP covered services")

    Visit and click "book now" to schedule your intake session or
    email for an intake appointment before January 6, 2022

    The LAO cannot guarantee participation in the group, as it is determined based on an intake assessment run by TeleCBT. 

    • 14 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11 Mar 2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • Virtual Sessions

    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

    with Dr. Jill Bailey MD CCFP FCFP


    (please select "video intake session for OHIP/UHIP covered services")

    Event details: 

    • Fridays, January 14 to March 11 2022
    • 1-3:30pm
    • fully OHIP funded, virtual sessions
    • (off February 11, silent retreat Sunday February 27 12:30-4:30pm)

    This 8-week experiential group program, developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, helps participants develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress.

    MBSR may be beneficial for individuals who are coping with: chronic illness or pain, pandemic related life changes, relationship difficulties, work related stress or burnout general life stress.

    MBSR involves a commitment to engage in a home mindfulness practice for at least 45 minutes 6 days a week for the 8 weeks of the program. Attendance at each session is mandatory.

    MBSR may not be suitable for you if you have a history of unprocessed trauma. This program includes mindful movement exercises with options to modify movements and poses for comfort and safety.

    Visit and click "book now" to schedule your intake session or email for an intake appointment before January 7, 2022. 

    The LAO cannot guarantee participation in the group, as it is determined based on an intake assessment run by TeleCBT. 

    Mindfulness is the awareness that develops by paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment without judgement.
    ~Jon Kabat-Zinn

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