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Choose from a variety of scleroderma information videos offered by the Scleroderma Foundation, or news on Scleroderma Foundation New England.

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Our Topsfield Office is temporarily closed due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus. We can still be reached via email or telephone at (978) 887-0658.  Be safe! 

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What is Scleroderma?

Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. The word “scleroderma” comes from two Greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease.

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Find a support group in your area or connect with others by phone. Support groups are a great way to share information and provide encouragement to one another. Looking to start a new support group? Contact us!

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Click here to access presenters from past New England Patient Education Seminars. You can also view videos from our Stepping Out to Cure Cure Scleroderma Walks. Check it out!

Financial Assistance Programs

Depending on your treatment regimen and your type of health insurance, options for financial assistance for medications can vary. Click here to access a descriptive list of resources for financial assistance programs by various organizations and pharmaceutical companies.

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Find Clinical Trials with Clara Health

Clara Health offers an online platform to empower patients with the knowledge they need to search for clinical trials and make informed treatment decisions. Lilly Stairs, Head of Patient Advocacy, is available to speak with support groups about the services clarahealth.com provides to patients looking for clinical trials.

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Check out articles and past editions of our newsletter, The New England BEACON, for information on research, SFNE activity updates, event information and more.

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About Us

Board of Directors
Don Legere, President
Jane Ladas, Vice President
Steve Lang, Clerk
Brenda Brown
Elysia Cappellucci
Tony Cappellucci
Zak Karsan
Andrea Mahoney
Joan Meissner
Chris Simms
Scott Winslow

Board Advisors
Tom Curran
Walter Zagrobski

Medical/Scientific Advisory Board
Vincent Falanga, M.D.
Harrison Farber, M.D.
Carol Feghali Bostwick, Ph.D.
Humphrey Gardner, M.D.
David M. Leader, DMD
Thomas Medsger, Jr., M.D.
John Mulliken, M.D.
Nicole Orzechowski, D.O.
Andrew Plaut, M.D.
Robert Simms, M.D.
Michael Whitfield, Ph.D.
Michael York, M.D.

Contact Information

Executive Director: Lindsay De Santis, ldesantis@sfnewengland.org

Office Mailing Address
Scleroderma Foundation New England Chapter
462 Boston Street, Suite 1-1
Topsfield, MA  01983

Phone: (978) 887-0658
Fax: (978) 887-0659
General Information: sclerodermainfo@sfnewengland.org

Our Mission

To help constituents make contact with each other through support groups, newsletters, and meetings;

To EDUCATE and INFORM the public about scleroderma, what it is, and its consequences through a central base;

To PROMOTE and raise funds for medical research seeking the cause of and cure for scleroderma.


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