NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In an effort to show support for National Lymphedema Day, Representative Dale Ford (R—Jonesborough) is urging individuals to wear turquoise on Tuesday, March 6th to raise awareness about the debilitating condition.
Lymphedema, also known as lymphatic obstruction, refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. In rare cases, both arms or both legs may be swollen. The condition is caused by a compromised lymphatic system. It affects thousands of individuals a year.
March 6th is National Lymphedema Day and, on March 8th at the Johnson City Family Skating Rink, a special event is being held that will raise proceeds specifically for lymphedema patient care in Upper East Tennessee. The doors open at 6:30pm.
Rep. Ford is urging everyone to come out to support the event. “This is a very special cause and one worthy of the support of our community,” said Ford. “It is incumbent upon all of us to support those affected by this disorder.”