“I like putting puzzles together,” remarked Lymphatic Education & Research Network President and CEO William Repicci during this Lympha Press Leadership Series interview.
His story is remarkable: From Alaska to Africa; a background in psychology and Broadway plays to his current role with Lymphatic Education and Research Network (LE&RN); every stop in his journey prepared him to be an effective advocate for lymphatic causes.
When responding to a vague job description, he eventually turned down the offer because “I knew nothing about lymphedema.” But as he learned 10 million people were affected by a disease that had little recognition in the medical world, he took on the challenge. Initially rebranding what had been a failing and near-bankrupt organization, what we now know as LE&RN grew to become a positive force for both patients and clinicians.
Without LE&RN, there would be no World Lymphedema Day. Department of Defense research funding now includes lymphatic diseases, thanks to their advocacy efforts. The creation of LE&RN’s Centers of Excellence is also a highlight… but there’s much more work to do, and Repicci remains inspired as he enters his twelfth year of service at LE&RN’s help.
Find out more at https://www.lymphaticnetwork.org.
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