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Current Fundraiser Status as of Sept 13, 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

Upcoming events

    • 20 Sep 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Zoom

    LAO Virtual Fundraiser 

    Challenge 2021 - Launch

    The Lymphedema Association of Ontario is commencing our 2021 Virtual Fundraiser – are YOU willing to participate? 

    Join us for the launch of CHALLENGE: LYMPHEDEMA Monday September 20th, 6:30 PM (EST).

    An introduction to our event by our president, Dolores Steinwall, will be followed by a 30 minute warm-up with Maureen Sawyer to get you moving! 


    We will also be hosting webinars every monday through the next month. Participants will be entered for prizes every week! 

    Warm up webinar instructor: Maureen Sawyer

    Maureen Sawyer has been a registered physiotherapist in good standing for 31 years. She Graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy in 1989 summa cum laude, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from McMaster University in 1986 summa cum laude. She received her CDT credentials for lymphedema in 2009. 

    From 1989 to 1998 she worked in neurological pediatrics at Children’s Developmental Rehabilitation Program (CDRP) Hamilton Health Sciences at Chedoke Campus, Hamilton On.

    From 1998 to 2021 she was a sole practitioner in her own private practice. The first 10 years in orthopedics and the last 11 years in lymphedema management. The primary focus in the lymphedema practice is treatment of cancer patients with the largest population being Breast Cancer. Her work focused on education and promotion of self-care management; demonstrating techniques for self-drainage, skin care, exercise and the importance of taping. She has extensive experience in treatment of mild to severe lymphedema. She has done several educational in-services presentations for nurses, doctors and patients on lymphedema management.

    Throughout her career she attended more than 30 post graduate courses in neurology, orthopedics, vestibular, and lymphedema education. She has participated in research for the development of the GMFM, GMPM measurement scales and recently helping in development of a new measurement tool for breast cancer patients with lymphedema (LYMPH-Q Upper Extremity scales.)

    She developed support groups for the pediatric population, made videos for parents of pediatric clients, and helped organize a conference. She presently is involved in the development of an APP for education and management of lymphedema for breast cancer patients. She also volunteers for the Lymphedema Association of Ontario. Ms. Sawyer, has recently retired from active practice to pursue her passion in lymphedema management through education and awareness. Her vision is to help ease the journey physically, mentally and emotionally for those who develop lymphedema. 

    • 22 Sep 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 8

    LAO Virtual Support Group 

    with Bobbie Flint


    Our therapist this month will be talking about lymphatic watershed lines and how to use mental imagery to enhance the benefits of self massage.

    This support group meeting will take place next Wednesday September 22nd @ 3 pm (EST). Zoom link will be sent to all registrants! 

    More about Bobbie:

    Bobbie Flint, BScH, RMT, CDT, RHN has been a registered massage therapist since 2013 and combined decongestive therapist since 2016. Bobbie believes that every lymphedema patient can benefit from understanding more about the lymphatic system, why swelling happens, and how to incorporate self massage into our routine. We look forward to sharing this beneficial information with you! 


    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 and where your lymphedema is)

    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!

    • 23 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Thursday September 23rd 
    @ 12:00 - 1:00 PM  EST

    EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR: For Lymphedema Patients/Specialist, Vascular Disease/Wound Care Specialists, Rehabilitation Therapists and Health Professional

    Don't Miss Out on this Rare Opportunity!

    Learn from a World-Class Expert.

    Paradigm Medical invites you to join us on Thursday September 23rd, to learn from a leading expert in wound care and lymphedema, Dr. Oscar M. Alvarez, Program Director of the Vascular and Wound Care Center and Director, Clinical Research at University Hospital. 

    Stay tuned until the end where we open up the floor for you to ask him all of your questions.

    Here's what you'll learn:

    Effectiveness of Intermittent Pneumatic Compression in the Treatment of Hard-to-Heal Venous Leg Ulcers


    • Epidemiology of Venous Hypertension and Ulceration Risk Factors and Cause
    • Assessment and Evaluation
    • Treatment and Therapy Options
    • Standard Care and the Art of Bandaging
    • When Static Compression Fails / Limitations of Compression Bandages
    • Benefits of Dynamic Compression with IPC Therapy
    • Clinical Evidence and Patient-Centric Outcomes
    • Key Concepts and FAQs


    This webinar will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at NOON - 1:00PM EST.

    Click HERE To register.

    Feel free to invite colleagues who will benefit from this webinar.

    See you there!

    BONUS! If you register today, we'll send the recording as an added bonus for free.

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