At our August meeting, health grants of $2,000 each were presented to Lymphedema Resources Inc. of Estero and Partners for Breast Cancer of Ft. Myers. These funds are the proceeds from our Club’s June Hurricane Par-Tee Golf Tournament which benefits local healthcare charities serving underinsured and noninsured women
Lymphedema Resources Inc., a community-based, volunteer organization, raises awareness about Lymphedema, a chronic, debilitating condition in which excess fluid collects in tissues and causes swelling, generally in the arms and legs. This occurs after lymph vessels or lymph nodes have been removed by surgery or damaged by radiation, impairing normal drainage of lymphatic fluids. A major cause in women is removal or damage to a lymph node during treatment for breast cancer. The organization works to raise awareness of the potential for development of lymphedema and to assure availability of the resources for treatment.
Partners for Breast Cancer Care, a frequent recipient of Club health grants, provides financial support for diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer to women who are residents of Lee County who lack health insurance and have limited financial resources. Our funds will provide mammograms and treatment.