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In the first 20 years of advancing the mission of the Scleroderma Foundation, the SFRMC has cumulatively raised over $1.1 million from its fundraising events. We have funded scholarships to 30 patients and caregivers to attend the annual Scleroderma Foundation National Patient Education Conference. We have designated $170,000 to support and stimulate research at the national level to improve treatment and ultimately find the cause of and cure for scleroderma and related diseases. Additionally, the SFRMC has created a support community for people living with scleroderma and their families by providing support groups, events, and educational opportunities.
As we celebrate the Chapter’s 20th anniversary in 2021 and look toward the future, the Imagine Campaign endeavors to raise $100,000 to launch the SFRMC into the future.

 Check out our YouTube Channel to learn more about the people that serve at the heart of the Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Visit the campaign website to read more about our chapter history and our plans for the future! 

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About Us

Rocky Mountain Staff and Board


Board of Directors 

Mike Pursel, President
Cyndy Besselievre, Treasurer

Contact Information

Scleroderma Foundation
Rocky Mountain Chapter
5403 E. Evans Ave. 
Denver, CO 80222
Phone: 303-806-6686
Email: rmchapter@scleroderma.org

Maria Dastur, Executive Director

Christine Shephard, Office Administrator 

Board Members

Sandee Maas
Dolores Pfeuffer-Scherer 
Tammy Schell
Marcy Thompson 

Medical Advisory Board

Todd Bull, MD, Pulmonologist
University of Colorado Health-Anschutz Campus

Dr. Tracy Frech, MD, Rheumatologist
University of Utah

Dr. Melissa Griffith, MD, Rheumatologist
University of Colorado Health-Anschutz Campus

Liudmila Kastsianok, M.D. - Rheumatologist
National Jewish Health

Kristin Kilbourn, PhD, MPH, Psychologist
University of Colorado Denver

Jason Kolfenbach, MD, Rheumatologist
University of Colorado Health-Anschutz Campus

Kimi Kondo, MD, Radiology
University of Colorado Health-Anschutz Campus

Michelle MacDonald, MS, RD Clinical Dietitian
National Jewish Health

Mehrnaz Maleki Fischbach
National Jewish Health

Paul Menard-Katcher, MD, Gastroenterologist
University of Colorado Health-Anschutz Campus

Katharine Moore, MD, Pediatrics
Children's Hospital Colorado 


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National Sponsors
Gold Corporate Sponsor

Boehringer Ingelheim Plain

Silver Corporate Sponsor

Horizon Therapeutics logo

Chapter Sponsor

First Western Bank


The Scleroderma Foundation Rocky Mountain Chapter relies on your support
to continue our mission of SUPPORT, EDUCATION, RESEARCH.

We offer chapter-wide sponsorships for organizations that want visibility throughout the year.
Individual event and program sponsorship options are also available.

For more information on sponsorships, 
contact Maria Dastur at mdastur@scleroderma.org or 303-806-6686.

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      Food Fight For Scleroderma

Food Fight for Scleroderma
Postponed to October 2022