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What's New at the Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago

Walk Registration Is Open
Pick a walk, build a team and fundraise - together a cure is within reach! Registration is now open!

Scleroderma 101 is Coming Up
We're holding our first Scleroderma 101 group session on Thursday, June 7! Join us for an evening of information and support designed for those who have recently received a scleroderma diagnosis. Well have top specialists and scleroderma support group leaders on site to help you understand your diagnosis, build a support system and live better. Space is limited, register today!

Our Next Patient Education Conference is Saturday, October 20 
Join us for a day of learning and networking with world-renowned scleroderma specialists discussing emerging treatments, new research and practical strategies for managing your symptoms. Registration is open now

Save the Date for Cooking Up A Cure
Food Fight is taking the year off in 2018, but don't worry - we're planning an exceptionally delicious night at this year's Cooking Up A Cure - our signature celebrity chef event. Tickets on sale now!

Our Mission

Improving the lives of patients. Making strides toward a cure.

The mission of the Scleroderma Foundation is focused on three critical goals:

  1. SUPPORT: To help patients and their families cope with scleroderma through mutual support programs, peer counseling, physician referrals, and educational information.
  2. EDUCATION: To promote public awareness and education through patient and health professional seminars, literature, and publicity campaigns.
  3. RESEARCH: To stimulate and support research to improve treatment and ultimately find the cause of and cure for scleroderma.

Whether you're a scleroderma patient, have a loved one struggling with scleroderma, or just want to learn more about the disease, we have resources, education events and fundraisers you'll love!

Contact Information

Stephanie Somers Gresh, Executive Director
Melissa Spear, Marketing & Fundraising Manager

Scleroderma Foundation Greater Chicago Chapter
125 S. Clark, 17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-660-1131

Board of Directors 
Tony Cogan, President 
Julie L. Drewniak, Vice President/Secretary 
Jennifer Bryson, Treasurer

Rosemary Arnold
Mary Carns
Dan Clarin
Jules Cogan
Cleetus Friedman 
Carol Goldman 
Peter Goldman
David Helfand
Renee Trikolas 
John Varga, M.D. 

Medical Advisory Board
Richard Burt, M.D.
Jane Dematte, M.D.
Ikuo Hirano, M.D.
Amy Paller, M.D.
Stuart Rich, M.D.
Dean Schraufnagel, M.D.
Nadera Sweiss, M.D.
John Varga, M.D.



Patient Education

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Fall Patient Conference
The Scleroderma Foundation Greater Chicago Chapter is dedicated to keeping the scleroderma community informed, connected and supported. Our next Patient Education Conference will be Saturday, April 28 in Oakbrook, IL. Registration is now open!

Scleroderma 101
Scleroderma 101 is an evening of information and support designed for those who have recently received a scleroderma diagnosis. Well have top specialists and fellow patients on site to help you understand your diagnosis, build a support system and live better. Space is limited. Register today!

For presentations and videos from past conferences, take a look at our SlideShare and YouTube sites. 


Patient Support

Support groups provide a forum to share thoughts, concerns, information and meet others who understand the experience of living with scleroderma. Find a support group in your area or connect with others on our online support community, Inspire.

Looking to start a new support group in your area? Contact us at 312-660-1131.

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