Meet the BrightLife Scholarship Recipient!

For the third year in a row, BrightLife Direct is giving back to the physical therapy community by providing a scholarship to help an aspiring physical therapist continue their education.

The 2018 BrightLife Physical Therapist Scholarship was open to all students studying to be an occupational therapist, physical therapist or assistant. We received so many wonderful applications from students who are incredibly passionate about helping their community and returning their patients to a state of independence.

With so many amazing occupational and physical therapy students all working to improve the lives of others in their own way, it was challenging to choose a winner. The recipient of this year’s scholarship is one that is very deserving. It is our pleasure to congratulate Miriam Janove as this year’s Physical Therapist scholarship recipient.

Miriam is a student at the University of Puget Sound pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. She is also a certified lymphedema therapist and actively volunteers at clinics and hospitals, both locally and abroad. Miriam was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was younger, and was advised to see a physical therapist who told her “there is no reason you can’t do anything anyone else can do.” Those words made all the difference to her. That experience inspired Miriam to grow up and study to become a physical therapist herself!

She loves to help people and is always looking to learn more. Upon graduation, Miriam plans to help children and the elderly with a focus on those with the least amount of access. Her goal is to help people with limited independence regain the strength to perform daily tasks without the aid of another.

“Several of my massage clients had lymphedema which inspired me to become a certified lymphedema therapist through the Vodder School, broadening my skills and knowledge about the body. I continue to learn more through my clinical internships in the DPT program. I have advanced my career into the field of physical therapy to access more knowledge and tools to get to the root of patients’ problems.” – Miriam Janove (excerpt from essay)

We are very proud of Miriam, and we wish her all the best in her journey. This scholarship was created to help ease the financial burden of students and give back to this dedicated community of professionals. We received many fantastic applications and praise all of those who applied for their hard work and passion.

Brylans Feat Foundation

BrightLife Direct is excited to announce we are now sponsoring Brylan’s Feat Foundation! This amazing organization is a financial resource to children in need of lymphedema treatment. Brylan’s Feat Foundation aids these families in providing the garments necessary to manage lymphedema.

Meet Brylan

This young girl was the inspiration that started it all. Brylan was born with lymphedema in her leg and has been wearing compression garments since she was 11 months old. Since she is so young and has a lot of room to grow, that means a LOT of garments. The cost for custom garments is even more than ready-to-wear options, which can take a big toll financially. Knowing that other people are in the same situation, Brylan’s mother, Brittany, founded Brylan’s Feat Foundation to help families acquire the necessary compression garments and wraps for their kids.

About Lymphedema

Lymphedema is characterized by chronic swelling, which occurs most often in the arm or leg. Some people are born with lymphedema, and others develop it after removal or damage to the lymph nodes, such as undergoing breast cancer treatment. Lymphedema can be managed with regular use of compression garments, manual lymph drainage, or other techniques. Without wearing compression garments, the swelling can get worse, and there is an increased risk of infection.

Brylan’s Impact

This wonderful organization is helping to change the lives of so many children. We are honored to have a part in it. Many families struggle to afford compression garments and they are not often covered by insurance. We are happy to sponsor Brylan’s Feat to help change this. Please help get the word out about this fantastic financial resource to aid children with lymphedema!

Learn more or donate today: https://www.brylansfeat.org/