John & Ilene's Hope Raisers Team Page

2018 Stepping Out - Detroit, MI (Michigan Chapter)

John & Ilene's Hope Raisers

Hi: Keeping the passion alive

Well this has been a long year. I was going to make last year the final year of fund raising but many of you have encouraged me continue in Ilene’s honor and I will. The reason for fund raising has not changed and that is to raise awareness and a cure for Scleroderma.

During the past year a very dear friend of mine and Ilene’s has been diagnosed with Scleroderma and she is dealing with the news and treatments that she needs.

Last year we raised over $7,700. The walk is being held again at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, MI on Sunday June 3, 2018. This year will mark our 38th walk/run and the 15th year that our family has participated.

We still have no cure or cause for this disease. We continue to need your help to fight this battle!!!

The Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter has been serving its members and patients for 40 years. We are still growing within the State of Michigan. We continue our efforts of awareness in the medical community, patients and the public about Scleroderma. We now have 3 Patient Education seminars in Michigan. Our patients can also participate in a virtual support group and never have to leave home, which is hard for a lot of patients. Every year we are able to increase the money for research. With your help we can continue to serve the patients affected by Scleroderma.

                                  Quick refresher course on What is Scleroderma?

Scleroderma is a chronic, often progressive autoimmune disease-like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis-in which the body’s immune systems attacks its own tissues. The disease, which literally means “hard skin” can cause thickening and tightening of skin, as well as serious damage to internal organs, including the lungs, heart, kidneys, esophagus, and gastrointestinal tract. For some individuals, Scleroderma is a nuisance. For others, it is a life-threatening disease. For most people with Scleroderma, the disease has serious impact on daily life. And, although medications can sometimes help, there is no cure yet.

Please help me by donating, walking or running.

This is the only solicitation I do each year. You can make a donation at the following web address:

Checks should be made out to the Scleroderma Foundation and sent to me by June 1, 2018. Enclosed is a SASE or if you misplace it please send to:

Address: Michalski,
48084 Tilch
Macomb MI. 48044

or the website

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for any help you can give. If you know of anyone else who would be interested in donating, running, walking or volunteering please forward this to them. If you have any questions please feel free to call or write me.


John Michalski and the Late Ilene Michalski


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