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Happy Holiday's from the LOA Board Members 

Whether you are celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, Yule (Winter Solstice), Las Posadas, the end of a year, different cultural practices or no cultural practices, the LAO would like to wish you happy holidays and let you know that you are in our thoughts during this holiday season.

Happy Holiday's from this Decembers Virtual Support Group (VSG):

Upcoming events

    • 02 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Presenting the Newest Technology in Lymphedema Bandaging - Ask the Inventor 

    Thursday February 2nd, 2023, at 6:00pm

    The new hybrid self-bandaging system from France:

    Fast'n Go Hybrid Bandaging System


    This product is new to Canada and will be hosted by:

    Pierre Gonon- 

     Innovator and developer of Fast’n Go Hybrid bandaging system (France)

    Alla Hardoon- 

    Owner of Care-Med LTD and Soft Touch Mastectomy, lymphedema expert

    and Canadian representative for Fast’n Go bandages

    Amy Rivera-

    Exclusive North America Distributor 

    This webinar will cover the following:

    -Product details 

    -Gain an understanding of how this product may benefit you 

    -Understand the newest lymphedema technology 

    -Understand how garments affect lymphedema 

    -Have any questions? Ask the inventor! 

    Check out the product:

    More information about Alla Hardoon:

    Founder and Medical Director of Soft Touch Mastectomy

    Alla Hardoon - Founder and Medical Director of Care-Med Ltd

    Alla has over 16 years of extensive health care experience in Toronto. She acquired her first medical degree in 1988 as a Registered Nurse. She continued her studies in internal medicine, orthopedics, biomechanics, Primary and Secondary Lymphedema, Lipedema, and Post Mastectomy Care, specializing in Oncology Lymphedema.

    Recently, Alla became American Board Certified Functional Nutritionist to help her clients and patients understand their bodies and support themselves to the next level of better health.

    Alla is a public speaker and educator on the subject of medical compression wear in the field of Primary and Secondary Lymphedema, Lipedema, Edema, Venous Insufficiency, and Wound care garments.

    She is considered a top expert in the GTA and well beyond the province. Patients and medical professionals reach out to her for professional advice every day. Private clinics, local hospitals, therapists, and vascular surgeons refer their most difficult cases to Alla for assessment and the best-fitting garments.

    Alla’s extensive medical background and knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics make Care-Med and Soft Touch a one-stop destination for the best-fitted custom-made and ready-made compression wear. As a professional post-mastectomy and medical compression garments fitter and a Certification course graduate of the USA, she has extensive knowledge of Compression, Lymphedema, and Extremity Pumps used for upper and lower extremities.

    • 08 Feb 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Virtual Support Group 

    Feb 8th, 5:00 pm (EST) on ZOOM


    Please join us for our monthly virtual support group consisting of lymphedema patients and LAO volunteers. Our support groups are a great opportunity for you to share and discuss your personal lymphedema management skills, information, hopes, fears, successes and hardships, all in a safe space to facilitate support and growth. 

    Join us on the second Wednesday of every month!


    For our January meeting, we welcome guest speaker and coach Debby Pelletier from Alberta, Canada who will be sharing her vast knowledge with us on vibration plates. Deb has been a vibration plate enthusiast since 2007. She is well versed in Vertical and Pivotal movement and is a Master Certified Trainer in both. There are few brands she hasn't owned or worked with in some capacity. As an Independent Coach/Advocate, Deb now passionately supports clinics, gyms and users both at home and worldwide in both fitness & medical applications. She brings a simple, functional approach to her programs and will support any type of vibration plate in any environment. 


    Basic Housekeeping:

    • Please keep yourself on mute to reduce background noise
    • There is typically a Q&A period at the end, so please save your questions for then
    • Feel free to use the chat feature to ask questions or raise your hand to talk
    • Please do not take screenshots, photographs or videos. If the webinar is being recorded, it will be uploaded to the LAO website for you to access after the meeting.



    The content of this presentation is confidential and property of the presenters. It is not intended to be distributed to any third party without their consent. As such, please do not screenshot, record, or tape the contents of this meeting or the individuals in attendance.

    The opinions expressed in the presentation are those of the presenter and not necessarily those of the LAO. Therefore, the LAO is not responsible for any content or information in the webinar. The LAO does not endorse any particular vendor product, company or personnel, and our webinars are for educational purposes only.

    Please note that if a webinar is being recorded you are providing consent to be recorded. You may keep your camera off if you wish to do so. 

    Moreover, Information collected through polls or surveys may be addressed in future meetings and in meeting notes, that are available for other patients access. Through your attendance, you have consented for The Lymphedema Association of Ontario to use your first name only, for confidentiality purposes in note taking. 

    • 22 Feb 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • ZOOM

    You have been invited to attend:

    All you need to know about the LAO Compassion Fund and the Garment Program

    February 22nd, 6:30 pm (EST) on ZOOM


    This is an opportunity for patients, therapists and retailers to ask questions and understand our financial aid programs here at the LAO. 

    Sincerest apologies for the late start of the original webinar on Jan 12. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the link was delayed, and did not open on time. Many thanks to those of you who were patient. This is a second chance to answer everyones questions. 

    This session will cover the following:

    The Compassion Fund:

    The mission of The Compassion Fund is to provide financial assistance for lymphedema patients who cannot afford the necessary treatments, with the goal of having patients work with a professional practitioner to assess their condition and learn how to manage and care for their lymphedema themselves. 

    The Garment Fund:

    For patientin need and cannot pay for compression garments, they can be considered for the program. LAO will pay up to $250 for garments, once per patient. If we can assist the patient with garments from Inventory – there will be no charge (free) and no returns or exchanges. A Doctors prescription is required.

    Benefits to attending:

    For Patients:

    Understand what the financial aid programs offer, your eligibility, how to apply and if they are the right fit for you. 

    For Therapists:

    The fund benefits both patients and LAO registered therapists/practitioners. When practitioners see a patient who is in need, that cannot afford treatment, they can nominate them for consideration of The Compassion Fund to help them access care. This webinar will allow professionals to better understand how they can help patients in need. 

    For Retailers:

    For garments that require measurements and fittings – a Retailer/Fitter must be engaged. This webinar will help retailers understand how the garment fund program affects them and how they can better help patients

    This event will be hosted by:

    -Angela Hunt 

    -Dolores Steinwall


    To keep up to date with community Lymphedema news, events from other organizations, and resources, please click here for our page "Other Lymphedema News"

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