Bill Text: NY K00785 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Honoring Deborah Carey for her outstanding advocacy of lymphedema awareness and research

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 32-16)

Status: (Passed) 2020-02-25 - adopted [K00785 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-K00785-Introduced.html

Assembly Resolution No. 785

BY: M. of A. Rosenthal L

        HONORING   Deborah   Carey   for  her  outstanding
        advocacy, education,  and  fundraising  efforts  for
        lymphedema awareness

  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body that the quality
and character of life in the  communities  across  New  York  State  are
reflective  of  the concerned and dedicated efforts of organizations and
individuals committed to helping to improve the lives of others; and

  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and fully  in  accord  with  its
long-standing  tradition, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Deborah Carey, a resident of Syracuse, New  York,  for  her  outstanding
advocacy,  education,  and fundraising efforts for lymphedema awareness,
in conjunction with the observance of World Lymphedema  Day  on  Friday,
March 6, 2020; and

  WHEREAS,   World   Lymphedema   Day   brings   awareness   to   this
often-debilitating disease that millions are born with, but  which  many
times is the result of cancer treatment, and helps find strength through
collective  celebration  and  is  also  set aside to honor inspirational
lymphedema patients and advocates; and

  WHEREAS,  Up  to  10  million  Americans,  and  250  million  people
worldwide,  live with either primary lymphedema or secondary lymphedema,
including 30% of all breast cancer patients; and

  WHEREAS, Deborah Carey, along with her  husband,  Jim,  began  their
fundraising  and  awareness  efforts  in  2013,  when  they  joined  the
Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) and when Jim ran the  New
York City Marathon under LE&RN's banner; and

  WHEREAS,  In  2017,  Deborah Carey was diagnosed with breast cancer,
and reached out to LE&RN for guidance in helping to  prevent  lymphedema
from  developing  as  a side effect of her cancer surgery and treatment;

  WHEREAS, Deborah Carey was able to receive cutting-edge surgery from
world-renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering  surgeon  Dr.  Joseph  Dayan  to
treat her cancer and mitigate her chances of developing lymphedema; and

  WHEREAS,  Deborah  Carey's  successful  surgical  and post-operative
treatment to diminish the development of lymphedema has inspired her  to
advocate for all New Yorkers to be informed of their potential risk; and

  WHEREAS,  This  exceptional  woman volunteers at an upstate New York
hospital where her interviews have revealed that personnel had little or
no training in dealing with lymphedema; and

  WHEREAS, Furthermore, Deborah Carey advocates for all doctors to  be
educated  in  the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of lymphedema, and
to inform their patients of their risk; and

  WHEREAS, Deborah Carey has funded a grant to LE&RN for research  and
advocacy  initiatives focused on new treatments and lymphedema education
for those diagnosed at-risk for the disease; and

  WHEREAS,  She  has  worked  tirelessly  to  promote  lymphedema  and
lymphatic disease education, research and advocacy, and continues to  be
a positive role model for all lymphedema and lymphatic disease patients;

  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense of this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the well-being and vitality of their community and have shown  a
long  and  sustained  commitment to excellence certainly have earned the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
honor  Deborah  Carey  for  her  outstanding  advocacy  and promotion of
lymphedema education and awareness; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That copies of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted  to  Deborah  Carey,  and the Lymphatic Education & Research