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A Walk and a Wedding for Westbury’s Nancy Safran

Westbury resident Nancy Safran never suspected retirement would be so frenzied.

Recently retired from Nassau BOCES after a 34-year teaching career – the past 24 years of which have been “extremely rewarding” as a speech teacher for the hearing impaired – Nancy is now focusing on a speech of a quite different kind. 

On Oct. 1, Nancy and her husband, Howard, will proudly deliver some very special words at the wedding of their daughter, Marnie.

“Helping Marnie to plan her wedding has been a joy,” said Nancy recently.  “I miss teaching and the kids and my colleagues so much, but this year – with the wedding and with Lymphatic Research Foundation’s (LRF) New York Walk right on top of one another, I’m almost too busy to feel that September back-to-school pull on the heartstrings.”

In addition to preparing for the wedding and volunteering with LRF, Nancy is finding that retirement gives her time to pursue long-held interests and reconnect with friends.

She is taking golf lessons, has joined a book club and a canasta club, and tries to find time for frequent walks on the Jones Beach Boardwalk. Over the summer she has been working extra volunteer hours with the Glen Cove-based Lymphatic Research Foundation (LRF) to help garner support for their National Walk for Lymphedema and Lymphatic Diseases at Eisenhower Park on Saturday, Sept. 24.

“As a family we have journeyed with lymphedema since Marnie was a little girl. We have faced serious health issues, a frustrating lack of knowledge about lymphatic diseases, and a medical system that offers few treatment options and little hope for reversing the sometimes devastating effects of lymphedema and other lymphatic disorders,” Nancy explained. “Now I do what I can to inform and support other families facing a similar situation; and I help LRF because I know that more scientific and medical research offers the best hope for finding better treatments and cures.”

Born with congenital lymphedema, Marnie Safran, a 1999 graduate of W. Tresper Clarke High School and now an early childhood special educator with the NYL Gramercy Pre-School in Manhattan, will be married to Scott Lesser at Temple Chaverim in Plainview on Oct. 1

“Everything is finally all set,” said Marnie.  “It’s going to be a great wedding. I’m still working on getting the right shoes, but I know I’ve got the right life partner – and that’s what’s important,” Marnie added.   

In honor of their wedding, Marnie and Scott are making a generous donation to support the work of the Lymphatic Research Foundation.  Founded in 1998 by Roslyn resident Wendy Chaite, LRF has become a leader in patient advocacy and a primary force behind advancements in lymphatic science worldwide.

LRF’s advocacy programs have been effective in gaining Congressional and National Institutes of Health (NIH) support for lymphatic research at the National Institutes of Health and at major academic research centers, elevating lymphatic diseases from relative obscurity to a position on a par with other national health priorities. The organization directly funds cutting edge lymphatic research by funding Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grants, a National Lymphatic Disease Patient Registry and Tissue Bank, a peer-review biomedical journal in lymphatics, and the first-ever endowed academic Professorship in Lymphatic Research and Medicine (Stanford University Medical School, 2008).

“I’m glad to be walking for LRF and walking for Marnie the week before the wedding,” said Nancy. “That’s going to be a great day, too, with all of our friends coming out to support us.”  

Visit www.walklrf.org for details and to support Team Safran.