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About Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a chronic, often progressive, autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own body.

Scleroderma means “hard skin.” It can cause a thickening and tightening of the skin. In some cases, it causes serious damage to internal organs including the lungs, heart, kidneys, esophagus and gastrointestinal tract. As scarring, or sclerosis, of these organs and organ systems progress, they work less effectively, and can lead to organ failure and death.

Some medications and treatments can help with certain symptoms, but there is no cure for Scleroderma. The disease affects about 300,000 people across the U.S. In comparison, approximately the same number of people are affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

About the Scleroderma Foundation

The Scleroderma Foundation is the national organization for people with Scleroderma, their families and friends. It was formed Jan. 1, 1998, by a merger between the United Scleroderma Foundation and the Scleroderma Federation.

The Scleroderma Foundation is headquartered in the metro Boston area in Danvers, Mass. It is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the interests of people living with Scleroderma. The Foundation has a network of 23 chapters and 168 support groups committed to carrying out the three-fold mission of support, education and research. The Scleroderma Foundation funds an average of $1 million in new grants each year to find the cause and cure for Scleroderma.

About Vertical Cure

2016 VC

Vertical Cure is a fundraising alpine ski event challenging participants to ski as many vertical feet as possible in one day. Our goal is to raise awareness of scleroderma - a chronic, autoimmune tissue disease that currently does not have a cure - as well as secure charitable pledges to support research for the disease. The past 16 years, our event has raised over $400,000 for the Scleroderma Foundation as participants have skied over 16.1 million feet (3,057 miles) for the cause.

Please join us for Vertical Cure!

The event idea was created by Chris Corman and his close friend Phil Delurgio while riding up a ski lift in Whistler, Canada.  Both of their moms have suffered from the rare Scleroderma disease.

“Our goal is not only to raise money for the Scleroderma Foundation, but we want to create awareness of the disease – and have a good time doing it”.   Founder - Chris Corman

Vertical Cure has been held at Mammoth Mountain every April since 2002.


Fun Historical Event Facts

Total Donations:
Vertical Skied To Date:
16,141,952 ft (3,057 miles)
Vertical Record: 
Mark Berry 84,760 Ft.
All Time Vertical: 
Joey Merten 891,160 vertical feet (168.8 miles)
Donation Record: Chris Corman $6,816
Donor Record: Joey Merton 71 Donors
Avg. 2016 Donation:

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