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2014 Patient Education Day

We will host our 4th annual Patient Education Day this year on Sunday, October 19, 10:30am-4pm at National Jewish Health in Denver.  At the request of many past participants, we will close the event with an afternooon reception to give you time to meet and chat with other scleroderma patients and their families.  Sessions include updates on treatment and research, other organs impacted by scleroderma, diet & scleroderma and exercises for the hands, wrists and face.  Click here for more information, to register online or download a mail-in registration form. 


Colorado Gives Day 2014

Colorado Gives Day is Dec. 9

We will participate together with over 1,000 Colorado charities in Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.  This 24-hour period to "give where you live" is hosted by Community First Foundation and FirstBank.  Last year Coloradoans came together and donated over $20 million to local charities!  Your donation on December 9 will help the the Chapter continue to offer support and education to those in Colorado living with scleroderma as well as fund important research to find the cause and cure for this disease.  To donate on December 9 (or preschedule your donation for Dec. 9 starting in early November), go to and search on "scleroderma".  Also follow us on Facebook between now and Dec. 9 for personal stories about Coloradoans living with scleroderma.


2014 Denver Walk Participants

2014 Stepping Out Walks Raise Over $62,000!

Our 2014 walk season is over but not forgotten.  The Denver walk in June celebrated it 10th anniversary with a record 430 walkers!  The Northern Colorado walk in September featured many new activities to keep our walkers entertained.  Walkers at both events "stepped up" and raised a total of over $62,000.  We extend our sincere thanks to all the walkers, donors, volunteers and sponsors that helped make this year's walks a success!  Check out pictures from both events.



About Us

Board of Directors
John Niemi, President
Marie Roof, Treasurer
Theresa Rice, Secretary

Contact Information

Chapter Contact: Cyndy Besselievre
Scleroderma Foundation, Colorado Chapter
2280 S. Albion Street
Denver, CO 80222
Phone: 303-806-6686


Board Members
Phyllis Johnson
Sandee Maas
Rita Miller
Deanna Ragsdale
Martha Williams

Medical Advisory Board
Aryeh Fischer, MD, Rheumatologist, National Jewish Health
Todd Bull, MD, Pulmonologist, University of Colorado Health-Anschutz Campus
Brett Fenster, MD, Cardiologist, National Jewish Health
Phil Hanna, MD, Gastroenterologist, National Jewish Health
Sue Harms, RPh, MPh, PhD, Pharmacist, Walgreens
Kristin Kilbourn, PhD, MPh, Psychologist, University of Colorado Denver
Jason Kolfenbach, MD, Rheumatologist, University of Colorado Health-Anschutz Campus
Michelle MacDonald, MS, RD clinical dietitian, National Jewish Health


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Photo Gallery

Look through photo galleries from previous events held by our chapter.



2011 FC WalkVideo Gallery

Watch videos pertaining to events held by our chapter and a few fun extras. 


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