Resolution J310-2013

Honoring Bonnie Lasinski for her outstanding advocacy and promotion of Lymphedema awareness



  • Jan 29, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 25, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Bonnie  Lasinski  for her outstanding
advocacy and promotion of 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 reflec-
tive of the concerned and dedicated efforts of organizations  and  indi-
viduals 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, on the  occa-
sion  of  the observance of National Lymphedema Network's D-Day on March
6, 2013, to honor and pay tribute to Bonnie Lasinski, a dedicated clini-
cian, educator and advocate for Lymphedema awareness and education,  for
her  outstanding  advocacy  and  promotion  of  Lymphedema awareness and
education; and
  WHEREAS, National Lymphedema Network's D-Day brings awareness to this,
oftentimes, debilitating  condition  and  helps  find  strength  through
collective  celebration  and  is  also  set aside to honor inspirational
Lymphedema patients and exceptional healthcare providers; and
  WHEREAS, Bonnie B. Lasinski, MA, PT, CI-CS,  and  CLT-LANA  began  her
advocacy on behalf of Lymphedema in 1980 as a Co-founder of the American
Cancer  Society  Long Island Division's Lymphedema Support Group; she is
currently the Clinical Director of Lymphedema Therapy in Woodbury,  Long
Island,  New  York,  and of the Boris/Lasinski School, which teaches the
Casley-Smith Method of Complex Lymphedema Therapy (CLT); and
  WHEREAS, Bonnie Lasinski is a 1976 graduate of the PT program at  SUNY
Downstate  Medical  Center  and  a  1981 graduate of the master's degree
program in Motor Learning at Columbia University; and
  WHEREAS, Bonnie Lasinski began her formal education in Lymphology  and
the  treatment  of  Lymphedema with Drs. John and Judith Casley-Smith of
Adelaide, South Australia, in 1992; in 1995, she  assisted  the  Casley-
Smiths  in teaching their course in Complex Lymphedema Therapy treatment
in Adelaide, South Australia, was certified as an  instructor  in  their
method,  and  established the Boris-Lasinski School, a Casley-Smith U.S.
affiliate, later that year; and
  WHEREAS, In June 1999, Ms. Lasinski participated in a course on  Lymp-
hedema  and  its  treatment  for  physicians and therapists at the Foldi
School in Germany; in the fall of 1999, she taught the  first  Universi-
ty-based  course  for  therapists  to be certified in Complex Lymphedema
Therapy (CLT), at the University of Vermont; and, in June and July 2009,
she presented this post-graduate 135-hour course in CLT  in  conjunction
with  the  Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at
Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut; and
  WHEREAS, Since 1992, Bonnie Lasinski has dedicated her practice to the
evaluation and comprehensive treatment of patients with lymphatic system
disorders; she facilitates a support group for persons living with Lymp-
hedema, and has conducted numerous in-service educational  programs  for
community hospitals and breast cancer support groups; she has made pres-
entations  at many educational conferences including those of the Inter-
national Society of Lymphology, the National Lymphedema Network,  Inter-
national   Lymphoedema  Framework  and  the  American  Physical  Therapy
Association; and
  WHEREAS, Bonnie Lasinski has, in addition, co-authored three  clinical
studies  on  the  treatment  of  Lymphedema  published  in  ONCOLOGY AND
LYMPHOLOGY, contributed case studies  published  in  the  Casley-Smith's
1997  book  entitled  MODERN TREATMENT FOR LYMPHOEDEMA, and was the lead
author of the paper "Systematic Review  of  the  Evidence  for  Complete
Decongestive  Therapy (CDT) in the Treatment of Lymphedema" published in

PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION in 2012; she authored  the  chapter
THERAPIST published by Saunders in 2002, the revised  2009  edition  and
the 2013 edition currently in press; and
  WHEREAS,  Highly  regarded  and  actively  involved in her profession,
Bonnie Lasinski is an active member  of  the  International  Society  of
Lymphology  and  the  Oncology  Section of the American Physical Therapy
Association; she is  a  Member  of  the  National  Lymphedema  Network's
Medical  Advisory  Committee  and  its  Lymphlink Editorial Committee, a
Board member and past Vice President of the  Lymphology  Association  of
North  America,  a  founding Board Member of Casley-Smith International,
and a Steering Committee member of  the  American  Lymphedema  Framework
Project;  and,  in 2001, she was honored to have been named Oyster Bay's
Woman of Distinction in Healthcare; and
  WHEREAS, Bonnie Lasinski served on  the  Board  of  Directors  of  the
National Lymphedema Network (NLN) from 1999 until 2005; she continues to
serve  on  its Medical Advisory Committee, Lymphlink Editorial Committee
and Scientific Conference Committee; and
  WHEREAS, Bonnie Lasinski, in addition, facilitates a support group for
individuals with Lymphedema, lectures at NLN  Conferences,  assists  NLN
staff  answering  patient questions, developed the course curriculum and
teaches Lymphedema Management  at  the  Boris-Lasinski  School,  mentors
students  and  therapists  interested  in learning more about Lymphedema
Management; she recently developed and taught a  protocol  for  pre  and
post  operative  limb  girth  measurements to breast surgeons, physician
assistants and nurse practitioners at a regional hospital breast  health
center  on Long Island; she is a dedicated Lymphedema therapist and avid
patient advocate; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  that  those  who
enhance  the  wellbeing 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 Bonnie Lasinski for her  outstanding  advocacy  and  promotion  of
Lymphedema awareness; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Bonnie Lasinski.


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