NYS Senator Martin J. Golden To Be Honored At Walk
New York State Senator Martin J. Golden, a fierce advocate for lymphedema and lymphatic disease research, will be honored with LE&RN's 2014 Impact Award at this Sunday's Walk for Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases. The Senator was instrumental in passing two resolutions in the New York State legislature this past year, one honoring LE&RN's Youth Ambassador Connor Looby and the other recognizing March 6 as Lymphedema Awareness Day in New York State. While Senator Golden had a busy schedule on the anniversary of September 11, which so impacted the city and his district, he took a few moments out of his day today to talk to us about why lymphatic disease research is so important to him. "So many people in my community, and in every community around the United States, have people who have been afflicted with cancer, and lymphedema is an all-too-common side effect. We also know people who have been born with lymphedema or other lymphatic diseases. And far too little attention has been devoted to this area," the Senator said. "I have worked closely with both Senator Dean Skelos and Senator Kemp Hannon to ensure that more resources are devoted to these diseases." When asked what he thought about LE&RN hosting its first-ever Walk in Brooklyn, Senator Golden, whose district includes large areas of Brooklyn from Bay Ridge to Manhattan Beach, laughed. "Of course I'm thrilled and I know that LE&RN will find a supportive community in the wonderful people of this borough. I myself am looking forward to an amazing day of meeting advocates and raising awareness."