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Walk registration is open!

Find one near you and join us as we step out to cure scleroderma!


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Save the date: Fall patient education conference

Our next patient education conference will be October 14 at Northwestern University. Stay tuned for details!


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Have you joined a support group yet?

You're not alone in struggling with scleroderma. Find a support group near you!


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Scleroderma Foundation: Greater Chicago Chapter

Coming Up:

June 24, 2017 - 2nd annual Madison Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk - Join us!

June 25, 2017 - 15th annual Highland Park Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk - Join us!


About Us

Making life easier for 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 friend or family member with scleroderma, or just want to learn more about the disease, we have valuable resources, education opportunities and fundraising events for you!


Contact Information

Chapter Contact:
Stephanie Somers Gresh, Executive Director
Melissa Spear, Marketing & Fundraising Manager
Scleroderma Foundation, Greater Chicago Chapter
134 N. LaSalle St. Suite 1360
Chicago, IL. 60602
Phone: 312-660-1131
Email: GCchapter@scleroderma.org 
Facebook: facebook.com/gcscleroderma
Twitter: @chiscleroderma
Instagram: @chiscleroderma

Board of Directors 
Tony Cogan, President 
Julie L. Drewniak, Vice President/Secretary 
Jennifer Bryson, Treasurer
Rosemary Arnold
Mary Carns
Cleetus Friedman
Carol Goldman
Peter Goldman
David Helfand
Mike Robbins
Renee Trikolas 
John Varga, M.D.
Jules Cogan 

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

Our spring patient education event was held April 22 in Oakbrook. We'll be posting presentation slides and video of the speakers soon. Our next patient education event is October 14. If you are looking for more educational resources, please visit YouTube and SlideShare for past conference presentations and videos.

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Patient Support

Support groups provide a forum to share thoughts, concerns and information. They are a great way to share information and provide encouragement to one another. Find a support group in your area or connect with others by phone.

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

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