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2015 was another successful year for our Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walksCheck here for the most up-to-date results.

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Fall Educational Forums

It's that time of year again. Tri-State Chapter is hosting multiple educational forums this fall. All patients, friends, family and caregivers are invited to attend, free-of-charge. 

To find a forum nearest you, click here.

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Thank You for Stepping Out

2015 was another successful year for our Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walks. Check here for the most up-to-date results.

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About Us

Board of Directors 


Bruce Cowan, President
Marc Krieger, Vice President 
Rosemary Markoff, Treasurer 
June Bender, Secretary

Suzy Ballantyne
Maryann Caliri 
Gerry Kirschner
Carla Gage 
Estelle Randolph
Frederick Shaw 
Marilyn Sibley
Debra Signorelli 

Mark and Helene Flapan

Board Emeritus
Gerold Kirschner 

Medical Advisory Board 

Harry Spiera, M.D. 
Robert Spiera, M.D. 

Howard Blumstein, M.D. 
Avram Goldberg, M.D. 
Jessica Gordon, M.D. 
Barry L. Gruber, M.D. 
Charles P. Melone, Jr., M.D. 
Maria Luisa Padilla, M.D. 
Naomi F. Rothfield, M.D. 
Lee Shapiro, M.D.


Contact Information

Chapter Contacts
Jay Peak, Executive Director

SF Tri-State, Inc. Chapter
59 Front Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
Phone: 607-723-2239
Toll-free Phone: 800-867-0885
Fax: 607-723-2039

Jay Peak, Executive Director
Alex Matich, Director of Development
Mary Beth Bobik Kadylak, Director of Patient Education & Support
Cassaundra Conant, Communications Manager

2013 Financial Information

2013 Annual Report

2013 Scleroderma Foundation, Tri-State Chapter Audited Financials

2013 IRS Form 990

2012 Financial Information

2012 Annual Report

2012 Scleroderma Foundation, Tri-State Chapter Audited Financials

2012 IRS Form 990

Tri-State Chapter

Welcome to the Scleroderma Foundation Tri-State Chapter website. We serve the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

"Life is a journey, not a destination."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why Are We Here?

Ignorance is not bliss when dealing with scleroderma! For most of us when we became ill, there was little or no real information that we could explore to ease our anxiety or educate ourselves. We had never heard of scleroderma and there were few in the medical community who knew much about it or how to treat us. Most of us felt scared, isolated, and totally in the dark.

Who Are We?

We are men and women who happen to have scleroderma and live in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut. Thousands of people live with scleroderma. Most of us, perhaps just like you, have found the world of scleroderma to be strange, and at times, scary. We have a vast array of medical problems due to scleroderma, and varying degrees of life experience dealing with those problems. Some of us are new to this world; others have been living with scleroderma in one form or another for 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, and yes, even 50 years or more. We are here for each other and for you.

Our Mission

The mission of the Scleroderma Foundation/Tri-State, Inc. Chapter is three fold:

  • To provide educational and emotional support to people with scleroderma and their families;
  • To stimulate and support research designed to identify the cause and cure of scleroderma as well as improve methods of treatment and;
  • To enhance the public’s awareness of this disease.





Educational and Research Forums 2015



September 12, 2015
The Bone & Joint Center  
1367 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12206 
October 10, 2015 The Villages at Unity
1471 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626
October 25, 2015 Rutger’s University
56 College Ave New Brunswick, New Jersey
November 14, 2015 HSS Research Forum
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 E 70th St. New York, NY 10021


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2015 Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma

Walk Location Date  Registration Walk
Albany  Crossgates Mall  June 7 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 
Binghamton  Otsiningo Park June 7  9:00 am 10:00 am
Buffalo  Eastern Hills Mall  June 6 10:00 am 11:00 am 
Hartford  Blue Back Square  June 13 9:00 am 10:30 am 
Long Island  Wantagh Park  June 7 9:00 am 10:30 am 
Manhattan  Riverside Park at 96th St  June 14 9:00 am 10:15 am
Plattsburgh  Beekmantown Town Hall Park  June 14 9:00 am  10:15 am
Poughkeepsie  Vassar College  June 20 9:00 am 10:15 am
Ridgefield Park  Overpeck Park   May 31  9:00 am 10:30 am 
Rochester  Seneca Park  June 6  9:00 am 10:00 am
Stamford  Westhill High School  June 28  9:00 am 10:00 am 
Staten Island Clove Lakes Park June 20 9:00 am 10:30 am
Syracuse  Onondaga Lake Park  June 14  9:00 am 10:00 am 
Westchester Irvington Union Free High School May 31 9:00 am 10:30 am 







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