About the cause

Proceeds from this walk support the Scleroderma Foundation Greater Chicago Chapter, which serves Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. We provide support and education to scleroderma patients and fund innovative research into the cause and cure for scleroderma. 

Scleroderma is a chronic, often progressive, autoimmune disease - like lupus or multiple sclerosis - in which the immune system attacks its own body. It causes hardening of the skin and can also damage internal organs such as the heart, lungs and kidneys. Approximately 300,000 people in America are estimated to have scleroderma; 80% of them are women. The cause of scleroderma is still unknown and the most severe cases can become fatal.

For more info on scleroderma and the Scleroderma Foundation, visit our website.

About the Germantown walk

This is the 10th annual Germantown Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk. It draws hundreds of individuals from Milwaukee and the surrounding communities and raises critical funds for the Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago, one of the leading funders of scleroderma research.Participants join a walk through Kinderberg Park in Germantown, followed by refreshments and entertainment for the whole family. It was started by a group of local women in support of their childhood friend, who lives with scleroderma.

Fundraising tips 


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 "The most important tip I have for being a successful fundraiser is to keep asking. People can be really generous when they know a cause is important to you. I wrote emails to my friends and family explaining my sister's struggle with this disease and why it's important to me to help find the cure. The outpouring of support was incredible."

- Jeaneene (pictured far left), raised $200

This year we’re challenging each walk participant to raise at least $100. If each walker did that, we'd raise $1.6 million for scleroderma research and support! Whether you're a fundraising pro or you're just starting out, we've got a few tips to make this year your most successful yet!  Fundraising Clipboard Small.jpg