Event Details

Oak Grove Lake Park, 409 Byron Street
Chesapeake, VA
Saturday, June 24, 2017 – 10:30 am – SAVE THE DATE!

June is National Scleroderma month and to raise awareness of this devastating disease, the Fifth Annual Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk will be held at the Oak Grove Lake Park on Saturday, JUNE 24, 2017.  Our goal this year is to raise $9,500 for research. All proceeds will go to the Scleroderma Foundation.

Scleroderma is a devastating, on-going (chronic) disease that causes abnormal growth of connective tissue.  It can affect the joints, skin, and internal organs. It is degenerative and gets worse over time. Because Scleroderma is considered an auto-immune rheumatic disease, its symptoms are caused by the body attacking its own healthy tissue, and because its symptoms can be like other health conditions, some patients are misdiagnosed. Currently there is no cure for Scleroderma only treatments that can focus on relieving pain and slowing down damage to the body. Scleroderma affects over 300,000 people, many of whom have little warning that their lives are about to change. Scleroderma affects people in different ways, some worse than others and most appear to be perfectly healthy.

Our walk is intended to raise awareness and donations to fund research for a cure. Oak Grove Lake Park is a beautiful 1.5 mile tree-lined pathway around the lake, and family/leashed pets friendly. Participants can walk all or part of the course, as many times as you like. Participants are invited to join as teams or individuals. We have been very fortunate to also have good community support of this event and plan to have the annual raffle with prizes donated by loyal vendors (Please see me for raffle tickets $3 each or 6 for $5.00).

Please consider helping this important cause and spread the word – I guarantee you will meet new friends and have fun!! For more information, feel free to contact Terry Perkins at 757-434-5877 tperkins836@verizon.net , and visit www.scleroderma.org/steppingoutchesapeake.

Terry Perkins, Organizer for the Chesapeake Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk