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Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, World Health Organization, United Nations, Global Leaders, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

Declare March 6th "World Lymphedema Day™"

The First Annual World Lymphedema Day™ — March 6, 2016 The time has come to mount a worldwide campaign against a Lymphedemic®. Lymphedema (also spelled "lymphoedema") and lymphatic disease advocates from around the world are joining together to establish the first annual World Lymphedema Day. March 6th was chosen by advocates in India, Europe and elsewhere to coincide with the current recognition of this day in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The Lymphatic Education & Research Network fights lymphedema and lymphatic disease through education, research and advocacy and is proud to be the international sponsor of World Lymphedema Day. Why We Need World Lymphedema DayGreat attention is paid to the battle against cancer. Yet, most people haven’t heard of lymphedema, which cancer frequently leaves in its wake. We hear little of the children born with lymphatic malformations or those who inherit lymphedema. There is silence on the issue of wounded war veterans, civilian casualties and others who suffer from lymphedema due to physical trauma or as a result of surgery. Too many who suffer feel alone. Too many medical professionals remain uneducated about this disease or underplay the devastating impact it has on a person’s quality of life. Too many go without the necessary therapeutic care. And this tragedy is compounded when government and private health insurers deny patients coverage for even the universally accepted treatments that this disease demands. The World Health Organization estimates that over 150 million people worldwide have secondary lymphedema, while the National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that the incidence of primary lymphedema could be as high as 1 in 300 live births. Of the 1.4 billion people in 73 countries threatened by lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, 120 million are currently infected and 40 million of these patients are disfigured and incapacitated by the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that the incidence of secondary lymphedema among cancer survivors is between 20-40%. Lymphedema is estimated to affect up to 10 million people in the United States alone according to Stanford University. This represents more Americans than those suffering from AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS—combined. Finally, the continuum of diseases impacted by the lymphatic system includes heart disease, AIDS, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer metastasis. Yet, lymphatic diseases routinely go undiagnosed and untreated, and research is grossly underfunded. A Call to ActionThe message from lymphedema and lymphatic disease advocates is clear. “Lymphedema and lymphatic diseases are ready to take their place as international priorities.” The days of being invisible are over. Together, we announce World Lymphedema Day to be celebrated on March 6th. Join this movement by signing the online petition. Let’s show that every country around the globe supports this cause. LE&RN and its international members are inviting patients, their family and friends, advocates, politicians and treatment practitioners from every country to make their voices heard by signing the petition to recognize World Lymphedema Day. Together, we can change the world. William RepicciExecutive DirectorLymphatic Education & Research Network About LE&RN Founded in 1998, the Lymphatic Education & Research Network is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization whose mission is to fight lymphatic disease and lymphedema through education, research and advocacy. LE&RN provides valuable education resources for the millions of people who suffer from lymphedema and lymphatic disease. LE&RN fosters and supports research that can deepen the medical community's understanding of the lymphatic system. For more information about lymphatic disease or the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, please visit or call (516) 625-9675.

Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN)
5,250 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Dr. Andrea Friall, Mark O'Bryant

Leave Dr. Webster Alone

TMH’s claim that Dr. Webster may or may not be under review is what I call smothering the truth. Dr. Webster is absolutely under review. You have to ask yourself, why would Dr. Webster accuse TMH of unfair treatment unless something happened and why did he have to go before a Peer Review. I hope TMH doesn’t think people in the community are foolish enough to believe that. Dr. Avon Doll, chair of TMH Medical Executive Committee, said when doctors come to work at the hospital they agree to abide by the bylaws established by the physicians before they are granted the “privileges of practicing at TMH.” This is true, the question is, why doesn’t TMH abide by the bylaws they have doctors to sign? Their bylaws say a doctor over 60 years of age may choose not to participate in the On Call Roster. For 30 years Dr. Webster was willing, in fact requested and complained for not having the “privilege” of participating on the On Call Roster. He was denied the opportunity. Now, at 68 years of age they want to force him to be on call to see the patients the current On Call doctors no longer want to see. A question for TMH is, why now, after 36 years of being denied the privilege of On Call status do they want to force Dr. Webster to participate? Another question is why is TMH not abiding by their bylaws? Why are they giving superficial reasons for not doing so? TMH Board of Directors Chair Dr. Alma Littles said the wellbeing of patients is the hospital's main mission. The number of complaints are taken “very seriously.” I agree, every hospital’s main mission is the wellbeing of patients. That is not the issue here. She glazed over the issue to try to deflect what is really going on. I read one article that said he was refusing to see patients. If that were true, it would be an unforgivable offense, in fact unlawful. However, that is not the case here. It is the issue of being denied the privileges for all these years. Then at the age of 68, after the reimbursement to see patients on Medicaid has been tremendously reduced, TMH wants to force him to be on call for those patients. The question is Why? For 30 years he was denied the privilege of being on call, then 18 months ago it became an issue that he is not consulting patients in the emergency room. TMH should explain how can Dr. Webster respond to emergency room consults when he have been denied the privilege to be on call? Sticking to the issue of on call is important because the doctors that were afforded the on call privilege reaped the benefit of additional earnings from the patient’s insurance. Dr. Webster doesn’t turn patients away that are under insured, in fact he see a great deal of poor patients that go to him in his private practice. Dr. Littles also stated in the article “Two, we are fair. Three, we follow the process in place and four, we are intently vigilant in promoting and providing quality and safe care to the patients we serve.” Let’s talk about fairness since this is one aspect of the issue my community finds difficult to believe. The Hearing Officer was hired by TMH to preside over the Peer Review. I have no idea how much they paid her, but whenever I pay someone to handle a matter for me, the outcome has always been in my favor. If TMH wanted to have a completely impartial Peer Review it would make more sense to have the Courts appoint an Arbitrator from the list they used to settle matters as a third party. Yes, the Arbitrator would still have to be paid, but the selection of that individual would have been done by the court, not TMH. As important, it would be fair if they followed their own bylaws instead of trying to infuse an interpretation that is not there. As previously stated, all hospitals should be intently vigilant in promoting and providing quality and safe care to the patients they serve. That is exactly why the On Call Roster should be open to all doctors. No one specialty group should have a monopoly on seeing patients. TMH has done a grave injustice to patients by giving a monopoly to one set of doctors to provide service to the community in an emergency situation. Just to clear up one more point, the issue is not that Dr. Webster is not paid the same as the other doctors. The reimburse rate is determined by the insurance carrier of the patient. Doctors are not, as far as I can determine, paid by TMH to be on call. The issues are clear. 1). For 30 years Dr. Webster has been denied the privilege of participating in the On Call Roster that afforded the other doctors additional income above their private practice and now at the age of 68 TMH wants to force him to be on call. 2). In Dr. Webster’s case, TMH is not abiding by their own bylaws that do not require a doctor over the age of 60 to participate in the On Call status. 3). TMH aiding the doctors that has been given the privilege and a monopoly with the On Call Status with their TRUMPed up charges against Dr. Webster? My last questions to TMH. 1). Why is there a pending lawsuit against you for discrimination by another employee if you are so fair? 2). Why is Dr. Webster being treated differently from other doctors? 3). Is this in an attempt to destroy him and his practice and for what reason? 4). Why has TMH, within the last few months added blacks to top administrative positions. Don't be fooled by this, it's a ploy that says look at us, it's black doctors doing this to Dr. Webster, not the CEO. Yes however, they are following the bidding of TMH. One more thing for clarification, Dr. Andrea Fraill stated during TMH’s press conference that TMH’s Medical Executive Committee (MEC) cannot revoke the medical license of a physician. This is true, however, the untrue allegations that the MEC report to the Board of Medicine within the Department of Health can cause a doctor’s license to be revoked. Therefore, Dr. Fraill tried to paint a picture to cloud the issue. The Urban Institute released their study of the number of people that would be impacted if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The number of uninsured people would rise from 28.9 million to 58.7 million in 2019, an increase of 29.8 million people (103 percent). ...Eighty-two percent of the people becoming uninsured would be in working families, 38 percent would be ages 18 to 34, and 56 percent would be non-Hispanic whites. Eighty percent of adults becoming uninsured would not have college degrees. Let's look at those stats again, shall we? 29.8 million people would lose their healthcare coverage.82% of those who would lose their healthcare coverage are in working families.56% of those who would lose their healthcare coverage are non-Hispanic whites.80% of those who would lose their healthcare coverage don't have college degrees. Could this be the reason TMH and Dr. Webster's peers are trying to force him to consult emergency room patients after refusing him that privilege for over 30 years when the reimbursement rates from patient's insurance coverage was at its highest?  We want TMH to simply leave Dr. Webster alone. Let him continue serving our community in peace and abide by their own Bylaws. End this measure and all measures of discrimination against doctors of color, especially Dr. Webster.   Please share with friends, neighbors and family. Call Mark O'Bryant, CEO at 850-431-1155 or email him at Mark.O', email Dr. Andrea Fraill, Vice President/Chief Medical Officer at or call her at 850-431-5121 to let them know you support Dr. Webster.     

Rita Taylor
154 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo, GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO


Michael A. Cullum, my sons father was arrested on August 25th, 2016, and right after the arrest, he had to be immediately taken to Northwell Hospital at Glen Cove, Glen Cove, NY, 11542, because he was having trouble breathing.  While being seen there, he was treated, and then taken into custody, but not before letting the officers who were with him know, that he most definitely, would have to be seen in no less than two days from the time of his arrest. Michael passed away 10 days later, September 5th, 2016 at the Nassau County Medical Center due to lack of the medical treatment he so desperately needed. Michael had many serious health issues. He was on many different medications to treat these issues when home . I know that you may not be able to receive every type of medical treatment that is needed, but as for our beloved Michael, he suffered tremendously while incarcerated, as a result of not receiving the adequate medical attention and treatment, that should have been provided to him, in an humane, adequate, timely, and professional way, as it should have been.  Michael would still be with us today. Our hearts are broken, especially knowing his health issues and how he suffered.  This pain has lead me to start this petition on Michael's behalf, so that his passing will not have been in vain. It is also my hope that it will give hope and help to others and their families, so that they will never have to experience the heartache that we are and will always feel. The facts as of now are that Michael is the 6th person to die this year in the custody and care of Nassau County Correctional Facility in East Meadow, and the 12th person since 20011. This is beyond tragic, due to inadequate medical care, carried out professionally, appropriately, properly, and adequately.  Proper medical care should be made available to all, no matter their status, incarcerated or not. This is a tragedy that could have and should have never happened. I pray we can have a discussion and come up with rational, logical, and adequate solutions to put an end to this severe problem in the jails.  I need all the support going forward and all the signatures i can get to move forward, so that the changes that so desperately need to be made in the Nassau County Correctional Facility and all other Correctional Facilities, where this is a major problem, can be addressed, and more importantly resolved. We need new policy and procedures in the Correctional Facilities, as well as the appropriate laws, rules and regulations that meet the standards that will provide the appropriate, proper, and much needed medical attention and treatment of those incarcerated. They as human beings deserve and should be treated as such. Anyone and everyone, has the right to be treated in an humane way incarcerated or not. ALL LIVES MATTER!!!. This is a very serious matter and it must be addressed, brought to the forefront, and discussed, in order to bring about these changes. Take a stand with me. UNITED WE STAND! DIVIDED WE FALL!  LET US STAND TOGETHER  AND BRING ABOUT THE CHANGE THAT IS SO DESPERATELY NEEDED. THANK YOU.                                                                                                                                                  SINCERELY,                                                              MS. ADA M. HARVEY                                                                                    

ada harvey
66 supporters