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We offer support groups, educational events and other resources for the scleroderma community.

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UPCOMING EVENTS                   

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Team leaders for Ohio Chapter walks will be awarded raffle tickets for a
7-day condo stay for up to six people in North Fort Myers, Florida. One ticket will be awarded for each $100 raised. Walks will be held in Boardman, Toledo, Cincinnati and Fairborn. Register on-line below.  Beds include: one king, one queen, two twin beds and one queen sleeper sofa in study.  
See photos of the condo HERE!

 

 

All of our fundraisers have auctions, which is a fun way to get some really
neat items!  They haveEBAY CHARITY SYMBOL handmade items donated, as well as tickets to sporting events, etc.  Some have silent auctions, some have Chinese auctions, some have raffles and some have all of the above!  If you can't make it to all of the events but would still like a chance to bid on these wonderful things, go to our EBAY PAGE!  It's easy and you might get a steal!


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Dayton:
Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Register HERE! >>>

Dayton Education Day - More info here!
September 23, 2017

Youngstown Area:
Dr. Susan K. Leone Memorial Golf Scramble
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Columbus:
Education Day - More info here!
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Akron / Canton Area:
Hike and Family Picnic
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Register HERE!>>>

Akron / Canton Education Day - More info here!
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Youngstown:
Education Day - More info here!
Monday, September 11, 2017

Beavercreek:
Bowl for Scleroderma
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Delaware:
Dave Ludolph Memorial Golf Outing
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cleveland Area:
Education Day and Gala - More info here!
October 7, 2017

 


If you missed an event to which you wanted to donate, you can still donate to the World Scleroderma Day Virtual Walk:
DONATE HERE!

 


 

ADVOCACY

RECENT NEWS!

Scleroderma made it onto the list for the conditions to by studied by the 2017 Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program!  Now we need to work on getting on the list for 2018!  The only way to get on the list is to ask our Senators to recommend to the subcommittee that scleroderma receives research funding.  The advocacy committee will be getting letters signed at most events this year and sending them and /or hand-delivering them to our Ohio Senators, Senator Rob Portman and Senator Sherrod Brown.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is still forming a collaborative team regarding fibrosis, even though our Scleroderma and Fibrosis Research Enhancement Act of 2015 didn’t pass!  If this bill had passed last December, it would have mandated that they facilitate the fibrotic diseases working together and using scleroderma as a prototype disease.  They have decided they will do this voluntarily.  This is a big win for scleroderma research and could be due to all of the hard work on the part of those affiliated with the Scleroderma Foundation in finding co-sponsors for the bill across the United States.

The Ohio Chapter is working on getting a federal bill sponsored to officially designate June as Scleroderma Awareness Month throughout the whole United States.  Our lobbyists in Washington D.C. have helped us approach a potential sponsor for the bill.  Ohio Senators Portman and Brown may be co-sponsors.  We are very hopeful that it will pass unanimously very soon.

Right now, we’re waiting to introduce another scleroderma bill to congress. In the meantime, you can ask your senator to keep scleroderma on the Department of Defense list of conditions to be studied in 2018!  It’s easy.  

Action Item!  Please click here to sign a petitionGirlfriends walk Purple People Bridge
to ask your senators to keep scleroderma on the
Department of Defense Peer-Reviewed Medical
Research Program list of conditions to be studied
in 2018!

Outstanding Advocacy Award 2016

 

Our chapter won the 2016 Outstanding Awareness Award at the 2016 National Patient Education Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana!


 

Read about Ohio's Bill 133 - We got it passed!       Capitol Building 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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About Us

Board of Directors
 
Officers
Debbie Metz, President 
Jolene Rodenbaugh, Vice President
Jerry Metz, Secretary
George Kinstedt, Treasurer
Members-at-Large
Mariann Boyanowski
Shanelle Boyd
Gabrielle Freeman
Josette Frye
Lucille Miller
Patti Jordan
Amanda Ludolph
Kari Matsko
Consultant to the Board
Trisha Gosselin, RN

Contact Information

Scleroderma Foundation, Ohio Chapter
P.O. Box 107
Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 866-849-9030
Email: info@sfohio.org
Staff
Tina Fellows, Executive Director

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