Marilyn Westbrook Garment Fund FAQs

  1. Am I eligible for the MWGF?

    Patients must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

    1. Be a member of the National Lymphedema Network
    2. Demonstrate genuine financial need
    3. Be receiving treatment at an NLN-affiliated clinic or with an NLN-affiliated therapist. (Please contact the
      NLN office for a list of affiliated clinics and therapists.)
  2. Does my therapist need to be an affiliate member?

    Yes, patients must be receiving treatment at an NLN affiliated clinic or with an NLN affiliated therapist. Please
    contact the NLN office for a list of affiliated clinics and therapists. You can also search for affiliate members by zip
    code on our website: http://lymphnet.org/resourceGuide/findTreatment.htm

  3. How does the application/review process work?

    Patients who are eligible for the MWGF must fill out an application either online or by printing out a form from our
    website. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Please be sure to include all the requested documents and
    answer all the questions in the medical history section. You can send your application and requested documents
    via regular mail to National Lymphedema Network, 116 New Montgomery St, Suite 235, San Francisco, CA 94105.
    All applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of lymphedema therapists and the NLN staff; personal
    information will be kept confidential within the review committee. Please allow 2 - 4 weeks for review. You will be
    notified by mail of the decision.

  4. Does the NLN reimburse for garments?

    No, the NLN does not reimburse for garments; our industry partners donate the garments. If you would like to
    receive garments from the MWGF you will need to apply to the fund and go through the review process. If you are
    approved we will work directly with the garment company to help obtain the requested garment(s).

  5. How many times a year can I apply?

    Patients are only eligible for one set of garment(s) per year.

  6. What do I need to send to have a complete application?

    Please send in your application fully filled out including your NLN member number, have your NLN-affiliated
    therapist fill out your medical necessity form either online or on this printed form, a prescription that includes style,
    compression class and manufacturer, your Explanation of Benefits and/or denials from your insurance company if
    available, and a $25 non-refundable application fee.

Establishing the Marilyn Westbrook Fund

Marilyn was always a fighter. With her first cancer she went the route of traditional treatment including, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation in an effort to beat the cancer quickly so she could be there for her children. Throughout the course of treatment, she remained strong and supportive of her children.

An Introduction

It is with tremendous pleasure that I introduce the NLN Garment Fund. This is a dream that has come true not only for me, but for our many patients who do not have insurance or the financial means to purchase the much needed compression stocking(s)/sleeve(s). It was Marilyn Westbrook’s choice to make sure that no other patients have to endure the pain and frustrations she went through six months prior to her passing (Dec 23, 2007). Marilyn and her husband Doyle donated a substantial amount of money to the NLN which will allow patients who qualify to pay for their garment(s).

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