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We are based in Denver, Colorado. You are not alone, so please feel free to contact us.
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Chapter Support Group Meetings

Chapter support group meetings are held regularly in Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Loveland. Scleroderma patients, their caregivers, family and friends are welcome.

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2015 ATS Meet-the-Experts

The American Thoracic Society Public Advisory Roundtable (PAR) is pleased to invite you to their annual FREE family forum on Saturday, May 16, 2015.  This year's theme is "Lungs and Environmental Health".  Patients and families will have the opportunity to meet with local experts Dr. Aryeh Fischer, National Jewish Health and Dr. Jason Kolfenbach, University of Colorado Hospital.  Lunch is provided but you MUST register.  Click here for more information, including on how to register.  (When registering, we suggest you use "Meet-the-Experts" in the subject line and note in your email that you want to attend the Scleroderma Breakout session.) 


2015 "Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma" Walks

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We are hard at work planning our 2015 “Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma” Walks.  Our 11th Annual Denver Stepping Out Walk is on Saturday, June 20 at Cherry Creek State Park. Our 5th Annual Northern Colorado Stepping Out Walk is on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Fort Collins City Park. Both events include a 3K/5K walk, kids' fun run, live and silent auctions, food and entertainment.    Click here to learn more and to register.  Be sure to keep up to date on all the news about these events by liking and following us on our Stepping Out Facebook page at


Food Fight! Chefs Fighting For a Hard Disease

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On Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, local chefs will take each other on in a friendly competition to raise money and awareness of scleroderma.  Chefs will prepare appetizers, bite-size entrees and desserts for you to taste. Chefs will be judged by a local celebrity and by your votes.  Stay tuned for more to come about this new event but, for now, be sure to save the date and like and follow our Food Fight! Facebook page at


Volunteers Needed!

Help us raise awareness by volunteering to host a scleroderma information table at the 9Health Fairs in April, 2015.  All it takes is a half day of your time.  We will provide the materials and instructions. Contact us at 303-806-6686 or to find a location near you.

Want to meet some new people, learn some new skills and help those living with scleroderma? Then get involved today by joining one of our fundraising committees for our 2015 Stepping Out Walks or new event "Food Fight".  We need committee members to help with the fun of organizing these events and making them a success.  Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

About Us

Board of Directors
John Niemi, President
Michael Noble, 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
Sandee Maas
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
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
Paul Menard-Katcher, MD, Gastroenterologist, University of Colorado Health-Anschutz Campus


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Photo Gallery

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



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


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