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Established in 2018, The Compression Garment Fund helps Lymphedema survivors obtain their medically needed compression garments.
Ours is the first and only program of its kind in Wisconsin.
Lymphedema survivors need compression garments to help control their disease. Without compression garments, Lymphedema survivors are at high risk of developing cellulitis infections, which can lead to sepsis, hospitalizations, pain, suffering, amputation and death.
Wisconsin's first & only program of its kind.
"Thank you so very much for the garments! It was greatly appreciated! It feels so good to have new ones."
"Thank you SO VERY MUCH for helping my mom to get new garments! She has been through so much - breast cancer & my dad passing all in 3 months. I appreciate your taking the worry off her plate.
- Amy (Carol's daughter)
Carol’s Lymphedema affects her legs, making mobility a significant challenge for her. She told us, “There are days that my leg is so heavy and weak I am unable to move. One day it took me an hour to attempt to get into a car for a doctor appointment and in the end I could not attend the appointment.”
Carol is retired, after working hard all her life. Medicare provides no coverage for her compression garments.
Her healthcare providers’ foundation provides no financial aid for compression garments.
A long-time survivor of breast cancer, Barb's Lymphedema had been well under control, until recently, when Barb was diagnosed with another cancer.
Treatments and procedures aggravated her Lymphedema to the point where she could not use her right arm or hand. She could not button her shirt, type emails or even drive herself to chemotherapy appointments.
Barb's healthecare providers have a private foundation, but don't provide any financial assistance for compression garments.
Our Catalyst Supporter, BrightLife Direct not only helped us to obtain the garments Barb needed, they expedited her order so she could have her garments before her next round of chemo started.
Now, Barb can focus on regaining control over her life.
Dawn (in red vest) is an artist and creative soul. She's also a fierce warrior, having battled breast cancer not once, but twice. Dawn describes her Lymphedema as a daily reminder of the trauma she experienced from her cancer battles. She works hard on focusing on the positives in life.
Medicare provides no coverage for Dawn's compression garments. None of her healthcare providers give financial assistance. Yet, she needs the compression sleeve to help manage the Lymphedema in her right arm (and she's right handed). Without the compression sleeve, Dawn is at high risk of developing cellulitis infections, and losing the use of her right arm and hand.
HEW's Compression Garment Fund provided Dawn with her medically necessary compression sleeve, thanks to our special relationship with Brightlife Direct, our Catalyst level supporter.
Dawn told us, "My arm feels back under control. I am so grateful to have this sleeve."
For people who have experienced emotional trauma from health crises. We provide workshops that incorporate arts-related instruction with simple mind, body, and spirit exercises and techniques to help facilitate emotional healing.
Our workshop facilitators are accomplished artists, musicians, writers, and emotional-health professionals.
We offer a safe and welcoming space for our participants.
"Artful Healing for You"
We have partnered with UW-Oshkosh and NEWSPA to provide important topics and speakers for a statewide annual high school journalism conference.
Topics include issues facing women in media professions, Freedom of Information Act and Public Records Requests.
Educating, Encouraging, and Empowering tomorrow's journalists.
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Worth of compression garments provided through our Compression Garment Fund to those in need, since 2019.
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Estimated number of Americans living with Lymphedema - more than the combined total of Americans living with ALS, AIDs, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, MS, and Muscular Dystrophy.
Organizations, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals we have partnered with, in fulfilling our mission.
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