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Pirate Radio 93.5 FM - 2018 Northern Colorado Stepping Out Radio Interview

Pirate Radio 93.5 FM in Fort Collins log

Pirate Radio hosted the Scleroderma Foundation Rocky Mountain Chapter on their Crack O' Dawn morning show in a series of three interviews to discuss scleroderma, what we do at the Scleroderma Foundation and invite walkers to join us at the Northern Colorado Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk on June 10, 2018 at Fort Collins City Park:

April 23, 2018 Interview 
May 21, 2018 Interview 
June 4, 2018 interview with Betsy Craig


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Eating for Energy Webinar

Michelle MacDonald, RD, MS, Clinical Dietitian at National Jewish Health, hosted a webinar in Feburary 2018 discussing "Eating for Energy" including foods to eat to combat chronic fatigue, foods to avoid and easy meals that you can prepare. 


2017 Patient Education Day Videos

The following workshops from the 2017 Rocky Mountain Chapter Patient Education Day were recorded and are available to view on YouTube. 

Scleroderma Clinical and Research Update
Management of Arthritis, Raynauds and Digital Ulcers in Scleroderma
A Naturopathic Approach to Autoimmunity and Healing
Palliative and Nursing Care for the Scleroderma Patient
Support Groups and How We Can Help Beyond Meetings
Doctor and Patient Panel


Pirate Radio 93.5 FM Interview

Pirate Radio 93.5 FM in Fort Collins log

Cap'n G and Cruise Director Sue of Pirate Radio 93.5 FM in Fort Collins, CO interviewed scleroderma patient Deseree Jones and Scleroderma Foundation-Rocky Mountain Chapter Executive Director Cyndy Besselievre on their morning show "Crack O' Dawn Sunrise Cruise" on Sept. 26, 2017 to help educate their listeners about scleroderma. Click here to listen to the recording of this show.  Aargh!


2015 Patient Education Day Videos

The speaker presentations at our 2015 Patient Education Day were recorded and you can view the videos on our Chapter YouTube page at www.youtube.com/COScleroderma.  This year's presentations included Scleroderma 101, Dental Issues and Scleroderma, Scleroderma Q&A, Integrative Medicine-What the Health?, How to Communicate Your Support Needs, and Joyful Living-Simple Secrets to Success.

At New 2015 "Food Fight!" Event, Chefs Competed for Scleroderma

2015 Food Fight Chef Creation

On September 10, 2015, local chefs gathered together at the BAC Appliance Center in Englewood, CO to battle it out for bragging rights to the best appetizer, bite-size entree and dessert all to raise money for a hard disease - scleroderma!  Guests enjoyed an evening filled with fun and great food and beverages, all donated by our sponsors.  Over $36,000 was raised for scleroderma!  Mark Koebrich of 9NEWS hosted the evening and the chefs' creations made it very difficult for our guests and judges to pick their favorite dishes.   But after sampling all the choices (sometimes more than once!), Pastry Chef Maggie Restivo of Brazen came out on top taking both the People's Choice and Judges' Choice for best dessert with her gooey butter cake.  People's Choice for best appetizer went to Chef Sheila Lucero, Jax Fish House, for her grilled lobster, shrimp and kaffir lime broth bowl while the Judges' Choice went to Chef Ian Kleinman, The Inventing Room, for his spicy pork wonton tacos with compressed green apple coconut caviar.  Chef Patrick Swetnam, The Summit Steakhouse, captured the People's Choice for best entree with his wagyu skirt steak roulade and Chef Raphael Najera, Wash Park Grille, took the Judges' Choice with his lobster and shrimp mac and cheese.  Yummy! We can't pass along the great tastes, but we can pass along the pictures of Food Fight!


2015 Stepping Out Walks Raise Over $65,000

2015 N CO Walk Jazzercise Walkes

Record numbers showed up for both our Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walks this year with 460 walkers at our 11th annual Stepping Out Walk at Cherry Creek State Park on June 20 and 191 walkers at our 5th annual Northern Colorado Stepping Out Walk at Fort Collins City Park on Sept. 20. Together these walks raised over $65,000 for scleroderma. Families and friends came out in force to walk as teams with their own names and themes.  Kiddos competed in the kids fun runs and entertainment, activities and food abounded for all. Friendships were renewed and new friends made as we all walked together for a cause! Check out all the event pictures.


2014 Denver Walk Participants

2014 Stepping Out Walks Raise Over $62,000

This year walkers stepped out at Cherry Creek State Park in June and Fort Collins City Park in September to raise more than $62,000 for scleroderma!  A record 430 walkers participated in the 10th anniversary walk in June.  Many team captains brought their teams back for all the new activities at our Northern Colorado Walk in September.  View and share our event pictures.



Gary Atencio CNTV Interview 

Scleroderma in the News With CNTV's Gary Atencio

"If you don't know, now you know" thanks to CNTV's Gary Antencio who interviewed the Scleroderma Foundation-Rocky Mountain Chapter in June 2014 to help spread awareness of this disease during Scleroderma Awareness Month.  Ricki Douglas shares with Gary what it is like to live with this devastating disease.  Click here for the interview.


Colorado Avs Scleroderma Night 3-21-14

Scleroderma Night at the Colorado Avalanche

So maybe it wasn't a winning night for the Av's but it was for the Scleroderma Foundation!  On Friday, Mar. 14, 2014, Chapter members dressed in their warmest clothes to support the Av's and scleroderma at the game.  Not only did the Colorado Avalanche donate $500 to the Chapter, but several times before and during the game, we were highlighted on the big scoreboard overhanging the ice.  Now more than 18,000 people have heard of scleroderma!

2013 Colorado Gives Day Raises $7,500 For Scleroderma

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 Coloradoans came together to support their favorite charities.  More than $20 million was raised statewide for over 1,400 charities through Community First Foundation.  This was the 4th annual Colorado Gives Day and we have participated every year.  Since inception, Coloradoans have given more and more each year, and we are grateful to be a part of this growth, raising over $7,500 in 2013.  Donations raised on Colorado Gives Day support our local Chapter programs such as support groups and raising awareness, as well as funding research at the National level to find the cause and cure for scleroderma.

Chapter Receives $25,000 Bequest for Research

Peggy Rothe lost her daughter, Deborah Weissman Wallis, in 2010 from limited scleroderma complications following a minor medical procedure. Deborah was only 40 years old.  In December 2013, Peggy made a donation of $25,000 to the Scleroderma Foundation for research to find a cure for scleroderma.  This donation was made in memory of Deborah and was made possible from her life insurance policy naming Peggy as the beneficiary.   Peggy also donated an additional $2,500 to be used toward Chapter programs after learning all that we do locally to provide support for patients and advance awareness of scleroderma.


Theresa Rice Advocacy Day 2013

Chapter Board Member Theresa Rice Goes to Washington

On October 1, 2013 Theresa Rice traveled to Washington, D.C. to educate Members of Congress about scleroderma and to ask for their help with federal research efforts and treatment development. Thirty-six individuals, many of them scleroderma patients, had been preparing for the Capitol Hill visit for weeks.  Read more...





Ralph Schomp Honda Facebook Giveaway

Rocky Mountain Chapter Wins Ralph Schomp Honda $2,000 Facebook Giveaway 

Ralph Schomp Honda of Littleton, CO cares about the local community and to show their support donates $2,000 each month through their Facebook Charity Giveaway.  Thanks to Chapter Board member Phyllis Johnson who signed us up and reminded her Facebook friends to vote every day, we received the donation for the month of September 2013.   Thank you Ralph Schomp Honda and Phyllis!


2013 Stepping Out Walk-Colorado Springs

2013Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walks Raise over $60,000 for Scleroderma

The Rocky Mountain Chapter held 4 Stepping Out Walks in 2013 in Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and Fort Collins.  Many walkers turned out to support scleroderma and raised funds by collecting donations, getting their employers involved, and bidding on auction items.  Click here to check out the pictures from each of these events. 



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Daily Sentinel Features Grand Junction Support Group Leader

Garnet Hoover, Grand Junction Support Group Leader, was featured in the craft section of the Daily Sentinel's April 7, 2013 edition.  Garnet, a fiber artist, talked about her work, life with scleroderma, and the difficulties of living with a rare disease in a small town.  To read more, click here.




2012 Colorado Gives Day Raises $3,000 For Scleroderma

2012 Colorado Gives Day Rally

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Coloradans generously donated $15 million to the 1,200 charities participating in the 3rd annual Colorado Gives Day.  The Scleroderma Foundation-Rocky Mountain Chapter again took part in this event and raised $3,000 in donations!  Thanks to sponsors Community First Foundation and FirstBank, we will receive 100% of these donations, plus an added incentive from the FirstBank Incentive Fund.  On Monday, 12/3, the Chapter joined many of the other participating charities on the steps of the State Capitol to raise awareness of this event and scleroderma. 



2012 FC Walk-waving walkers 2012 FC Walk-beads 2012 FC Walk-Walkers

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As you know from the news, Colorado was ravaged by fires this year, one of the largest being the High Park fire near Fort Collins.  Residents and businesses in the Fort Collins area showed their true community spirit early in the summer by generously giving their time and donations to those impacted by the fires.  And, as if that wasn’t enough, they dug deeper and showed their support for scleroderma too by walking and sponsoring the 2nd Annual Fort Collins Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk on Sunday, Sept. 30 at Fort Collins City Park.   

140 walkers enjoyed a beautiful fall day as they followed the trail around Sheldon Lake.  Each completed lap earned walkers a different color of Mardi Gras beads to display their accomplishments!  Thanks to our energetic walkers who raised pledges and our hard-working volunteers who worked with our sponsors, this Walk raised $17,000 in support of scleroderma! 

Top Individual Fundraisers:  1st place – Nadette Bonnema - $5,000; 2nd place - Betsy Craig - $1,260; 3rd place – Bobby Bindert – $1,180; 4th place – Ann Montera - $950; 5th place – Amy McKee - $445.

 Top Team Fundraisers:  1st place – Team Nadette/Friends of Nadette - $5,545; 2nd Place – Friends of Betsy - $1,350; 3rd Place – Janice Bindert Team – $1,180.

 Top Team # of Walkers:  1st Place – Jazzercise of Fort Collins – 38 walkers; 2nd Place – Friends of Betsy – 19 walkers; 3rd Place – Team Donnie – 10 walkers.

 We sincerely thank our walkers, volunteers, donors, and sponsors for making this year’s Walk a success!  We look forward to seeing you all again next year!


The Chapter’s 8th Annual 2012 Stepping Out Walk at Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora, CO was held on Saturday, June 16.  We broke all records this year with 285 walkers and $33,000 raised for scleroderma!  The success of this Walk is attributable to our energetic walkers, hard-working volunteers, and generous donors and sponsors.  We were once again blessed with great weather as walkers enjoyed the views along the trail.

Melissa Heideman, Mrs. Colorado International 2012, made a special appearance at the Walk.  As Mrs. Colorado International 2012, Melissa is focusing her efforts on many charities.  We were excited that she joined us to learn more about scleroderma and we thank her for taking the time to pose for pictures with our walkers.

As usual, we encourage our walkers to raise pledges to support Chapter programs and scleroderma research.  We also encourage them to form teams to walk with their family and friends to promote awareness of scleroderma.  And, as usual, our walkers accepted this challenge with amazing results:

Top Individual Fundraisers: 1s t Place – Belinda Krajmalnik - $6,566; 2nd Place – Emily Chesterton - $2,006; 3rd Place – Kay Ostrom - $1,810; 4th Place – June Bryant - $1,635; 5th Place – Rachel Beieler - $1,544.

Top Team Fundraisers:  1st Place – Walking for Isaac - $6,566; 2nd Place – Kay’s Team - $2,125; 3rd Place – Marching for Margo - $2,006.

Top Team # of Walkers:  1st Place – June’s Highsteppers – 47 walkers; 2nd Place – Team Sandee Jo – 30 walkers; 3rd Place – Charly’s Walkers – 18 walkers

Thank you walkers, volunteers, and sponsors!  See you all again next year!

Click here to view pictures of this event.

Community Partnership with Fluid Coffee Bar Results in Donation to Chapter

A big thanks to Fluid Coffee Bar for making us their 1st quarter 2012 Community Partner. From each order in the 1st quarter off the Fluid Sustainability Menu, Fluid Coffee Bar saved over 11,532 paper and plastic cups. Fluid Coffee Bar pass these savings along to our Chapter for a total donation of $196. Visit Fluid Coffee Bar at www.fluidcoffeebar.com.

Colorado Avalanche Donate $234 to Chapter

Some of our members braved the cold to cheer on the Colorado Avalanche and raise money for scleroderma on Monday, Feb 27.   Not only did the Av’s beat the Anaheim Ducks, they also donated a portion of each ticket sold through our partnership with them for a total donation of $234 to the Chapter!  We look forward to partnering with the Av’s again next year.

2011 "Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma" Cherry Creek State Park

The 7th Annual 2011 Stepping Out Walk at Cherry Creek State Park on June 18 was our biggest and best year yet.  Over 260 walkers came out and raised more than $27,000!  Thanks to all the walkers and volunteers who helped make the Walk a success.

The top individual pledge raisers were: 1st place – Belinda Krajmalnik; 2nd place – Kay Ostrom; 3rd place – Barb Gill; 4th place – June Bryant; and 5th place – Dick Whalen.

The top team pledge raisers were: 1st place – Walking for Isaac; 2nd place – Kay’s Team; and 3rd place – Cheryl’s Footsloggers.

2011 "Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma" Fort Collins City Park

Our first walk in Ft. Collins on October 2 was a huge success.  We had an unexpected turnout of 150 walkers who enjoyed an unusually warm fall day as they completed laps around the lake to earn their lap “beads”.  This walk raised over $13,000!   The Ft. Collins Walk Committee all worked very hard - we sincerely thank them and all the other volunteers, including the teens from Turning Point, who helped put this event together.  And, of course, we thank all the walkers who participated and raised pledges.

The top individual pledge raisers were:  1st place - Bobby Bindert; 2nd place - Betsy Craig; 3rd place - Ann Montera; 4th place - Cori Kimball; 5th place - Melody Sian.

The top team pledge raisers were:  1st place - Janice Bindert; 2nd place - Jazzercise of Fort Collins; 3rd place - ODAT/Betsy Craig.

Patient Education Day, Sunday Sept. 11, 2011

At our first Patient Education Day, over 100 patients, family, caregivers, and friends gathered to learn more about scleroderma from an outstanding team of doctors.  We owe the success of this event to Dr. Aryeh Fischer and National Jewish Health.  We also thank all the doctors who presented at this event – Dr. Phil Hanna, Dr. Todd Bull, Dr. Jeffrey Swigris, and Dr. Kristin Kilbourn.  We look forward to bringing you more of such events in the future!

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