In Memory: Rachel Levin Troxell, Lympehdivas founder

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In Memory: Rachel Levin Troxell, Lympehdivas founder

Postby patoco » Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:49 am

Rachel Levin Troxell, Lympehdivas founder

Posted on Thu, Jan. 24, 2008

By Sally A. Downey

Inquirer Staff Writer

Rachel Levin Troxell, 37, a graphic designer who cofounded a company that makes fashionable compression sleeves prescribed to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer, died of the disease Tuesday at home in Center City.
Mrs. Troxell was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2005. At the time, the California native was a video producer and a triathlete who competed in several charity events.

After her initial treatment she developed lymphedema, a complication from chemotherapy and radiation that results in swelling of the lymph nodes. She was required to wear a thick, hot, compression sleeve that resembled an elastic bandage over one of her arms. Her mother, Judy Levin, said she resolved to use her artistic talent to create a sleeve that was so fashionable and comfortable that women would feel good about wearing them.

In 2006, she teamed up with another woman who had battled breast cancer, Robin Miller, and fashion designer Kristin Dudley to establish a company, Lymphedivas, dedicated to her vision. The firm's Lycra arm sleeves and gauntlets are produced in a variety of colors and described on its Web site,, as "comfortable, breathable, and oh-so-divalicious."

Mrs. Troxell's cancer returned in April, but she continued to operate her firm, going to appointments as recently as last month and making business calls. "She lived every day as if it was a gift - with energy and determination," said her father, Howard A. Levin.

A native of San Jose, Calif., Mrs. Troxell earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and earned a master's degree in education from Northwestern University in 1994. She taught school in Chicago for two years before moving to Philadelphia, where her parents had relocated. She taught language arts at William Penn Charter School for two years before leaving to study graphic design for a year at the University of the Arts and then worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

She started a video-production company, StoryDisc, in 2000. She produced documentaries for families, museums, and organizations including the Trenton Fire Department, the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, and Alan Domb Real Estate.

She met Jason Troxell at the Bishop's Collar, a Fairmount pub, in January 2005.

"She wasn't a bar person, but a friend forced her to go out that night," her mother said. The couple married in October.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is survived by a brother, Joshua.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today at Joseph Levine Funeral Chapel, 7112 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. Burial will be in Haym Solomon Memorial Park, Frazer.

Memorial donations may be made to Young Survivor's Coalition, 61 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10006.

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