Kimme's Crew is Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma!
I've raised $1,000
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Fundraising Honor Roll
Rob & Alice Ferreira
Doug and Tuesday
Beth and Larry Robbins
Jackie & Craig Machamer
Steve & Pat Dixon
Nancy + Ken Creasy
Uncle Dick and Aunt Germaine
Jeff and Michelle Munroe
The Santos Girls
Mark and Sandy Haworth
Mrs. Susan H. McAvoy
Bob & Betty
Aunt Kay + Uncle Steve
Dear Friends and Family,
We will be participating in the Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk-a-thon on June 9th. Kimme, Brian, Stu and I thank you for your donation to last year's walk and fundraising efforts. We are, once again, asking you to support this worthy cause. In these economic times, we know you will do what you can to support our efforts. Prayers for Kimme and a cure for Scleroderma and the many other insidious diseases are truly appreciated gifts.
We would love to have you join Kimme's Crew and walk with us (there is no entrance fee nor fundraising requirements).
If you don't think you are able to participate, but would still like to support the organization and our efforts, please click on Make a Gift!. Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support our fundraising efforts.
All contributions to the Scleroderma Foundation - New England (SFNE) are used to help find a cure for those whose lives have been affected by scleroderma. We have included information about scleroderma and the foundation below.
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.
Scleroderma has manifested itself significantly for Kimme in the following ways: Pulmonary Fibrosis, Raynaud's Disease, GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and fatigue. She is monitored closely at Boston Medical Center with Pulmonary Function Testing and visits to her doctors every 3 months. We feel very thankful that she continues to work 40+ hours a week as a speech-language pathologist (she loves her geriatric patients) and maintains a positive attitude.
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.
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
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