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UW Law School Alumna’s Nonprofit Presents Two Wisconsin’s Firsts: Jennifer Lee Edmondson

In 2018, Jennifer Lee Edmondson, ’86 JD, founded Health, Education & Welfare, an Appleton-based 501c-3 nonprofit. In November 2018, HEW made Wisconsin history in three ways – presenting “Advances in Lymphedema Care, the state’s first-ever Lymphedema conference for Lymphedema survivors and their supporters; establishing Wisconsin’s first-ever Lymphedema Compression Garment Fund, devoted solely to helping Lymphedema survivors to afford compression garments; and establishing the state’s first-ever award recognizing excellence in Lymphedema advocacy, the Shellie Stellrecht Award. Lymphedema is a potentially life-threatening disease that affects an estimated 10 million Americans – more than the combined total of those with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, AIDs, MS, and Muscular Dystrophy. Yet it remains relatively unknown the general public, and misunderstood within the medical community.

The next Advances in Lymphedema Care conference will be on November 23, 2019, at Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton Campus. HEW’s mission is to present new and innovative programs and services to the community in the areas of health, education, and social welfare.

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