Click here to view the full text of the resolution (pdf format, 71kb). See below for a sample cover letter to customize and forward to your Senator(s).
Both the resolution and cover letter are excellent documents to use as templates - if it worked in Virginia, why not in every other state? Adapt the resolution to reflect your specific area/politician(s) and submit a copy to them today with a copy of your personalized cover letter. Let's make Lymphedema Awareness D-Day a very special nationwide awareness day every year - officially, in every state!
The following sample letter was written by a lymphedema patient and advocate. Feel free to customize it as needed. Be sure to include a very brief description of who you are and why this resolution is important to you.
To locate your Senate representatives, go to www.senate.gov and choose your state from the list to view your legislators.
When you send your letter, be sure to forward a copy to the NLN office. We will keep it on file, and update our online map to reflect 1) your submission and 2) the passage of your resolution when it is approved. Together, we can make it happen!
[City, State, Zip]
Dear Senator _____________________:
I am a [lymphedema patient, breast cancer survivor, advocate and volunteer at the Carol Baldwin Breast Care Center]. I would like to call your attention to Virginia House Joint Resolution No. 524 (please see enclosed copy). This resolution proclaims each March 6th as Lymphedema D-Day in the State of Virginia.
It would be a great step forward for this "orphan disease" if each state and the United States government would proclaim March 6th of each year as Lymphedema D-Day. As one of your constituents, I cannot stress enough the impact that this disease has on patients.
For further information, you may contact the National Lymphedema Network (800-541-3259 or online at www.lymphnet.org).
If I can be of any assistance in promoting this resolution, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I thank you, in advance, for your support.
Very truly yours,
[Your address - this is important!]
[Your phone number, if you wish]
cc: National Lymphedema Network