Our History


March 5, 2022 – 10th Annual Lymphedema Awareness Event (Virtual)

March 6, 2022 – 2nd Annual Light up the Legislative Building for World Lymphedema Day


March 6 2021 – 9th Annual Lymphedema Awareness Event (Virtual)


March 6th and 7th 2020 – 8th Annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Event: Symposium held at the Health Science Centre


March 6 2019 – LAM Board or directors presentation to the Conservative Caucus at the Manitoba legislature, to raise awareness and advocate for enhanced access and funding for Lymphedema management

March 9 2019 – 7th Annual Lymphedema Awareness Event “Our Big Chat” breakfast and the unveiling of the Lymphedema video project held at the Qualico Family Center in Assiniboine Park


March 9th and 10th 2018 – 6th Annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium at Deer Lodge Centre


March 10th and 11th – we held our 5th annual symposium at Deer Lodge Learning Centre


March 12, 2016 – LAM’s 4th annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium


March 14, 2015 – 3rd annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium, at Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites


March 8, 2014 -Hosted 2nd Annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium in Winnipeg.

June 12, 2014 – Bill 209, Lymphedema Awareness Day Act, proclaims March 6 in each year as Lymphedema Awareness Day.


After a great deal of effort and the support of MLA, Wayne Ewasko, Theresa Oswald, minister of health proclaimed March 6th as Lymphedema Awareness Day.


After completing a draft it’s By-laws LAM was formally incorporated under the Corporation Act and began the process to seek charitable status. It’s inaugural meeting of members was held in May, including the nomination of the first LAM Board.


LAM emerged from a new mother struggling to find a diagnosis for her sick child. Kim Avanthay has a child born with primary lymphedema. Instead of being able to enjoy the first year of her child’s life she spent it feeling hopeless as doctors failed to supply a diagnosis or help of any kind. When her son finally received his diagnosis, Kim decided to educate herself further on lymphedema and how it can be treated. She was accepted as a Lymph Science Advocacy program (LSAP) participant which allowed her to attend the international professionals’ conference in august of 2008 after which she was encouraged and motivated to do something about raising the lymphodema profile and awareness in Manitoba. She returned to Manitoba with a new determination to create lymphedema awareness which resulted in the creation of LAM.

The founding co-directors:

  • Kim Avanthay, LSAP
  • Edith Mulhall, R.N., RMT, CLT-LANA
  • Sue Zwarich, RMT, CLT-LANA