Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony
Saskia R.J. Thiadens, RN
During the 2017 Klose Lymphedema Conference in Denver, Colorado, Saskia R. J. Thiadens, RN, was honored for her tireless advocacy on behalf of individuals living with lymphedema and other lymphatic disorders. Bonnie Lasinski, MA, PT, CI, CLT-LANA, gave an overview of Saskia’s many significant accomplishments and presented her with a framed certificate enumerating her accomplishments. Michael Bernas, MS, narrated a slide show that highlighted her world-wide influence across three decades. Saskia’s most impactful contributions include opening the first lymphedema clinic in the United States in 1987; founding the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) in 1988, and servicing as its President and Executive Director for more than 27 years; organizing 12 International Lymphedema Conferences; and establishing Lymphedema Awareness Day which is now recognized globally as World Lymphedema Day. Saskia’s boundless energy and extraordinary leadership has profoundly impacted patients and professionals alike and her influence will be felt for generations to come.