Hello Team Captains!

I am once again asking for your help and with one year under our belts, I think this can be an outstanding year.

Social media is here to stay, and your videos, Facebook pages, Instagram accounts and e-mails have the power to reach far and wide!

Let’s keep the momentum going and get everyone excited for this year’s virtual walk.

I would love it if you would post videos on Facebook, send e-mails to your friends and family and post your pics and fundraising progress on Facebook this year. If you need help, I'm here for you!

Please contact Tina Fellows if you need any help with your team formation / management, setting up your personal fundraising page or sharing your fundraiser on Facebook at tfellows@scleroderma.org or 614-323-8038.

Cleveland, you can VIRTUALLY do anything.

We can't miss a step in fundraising this year!

Trophies will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams!

Cleveland, any Cleveland Walk team captain that raises >$100 will be entered into a drawing for a gift card! Winner will be announced on Facebook LIVE!

In addition, all Ohio Walks' Team Captains raising > $100 will be entered into a drawing for a Deluxe Ohio Conference Package, which includes free attendance for you and a guest to the next in-person Ohio Patient Education Conference, a 2-night stay at the conference hotel in Columbus, 2 tickets to the gala on Saturday night & all meal expenses Saturday and Sunday during the conference. Mileage reimbursement is also available upon request. One entry for each $100 raised.

Take the lead and become a team captain!

Thank you for joining us this Stepping Out season! As a team captain, you can play a critical role in raising the funds needed to support patients, raise awareness and ultimately find a cure. Thank you for being a part of this incredible community!


Here are a few easy ways you and your team can kickstart your fundraising:

Email/Social Media
Sending emails and posting on social media are great ways to ask for support and start fundraising. Be sure to include a link to donate in your message.

Matching Gifts
Many employers match employees' charitable donations. Ask your HR department if they have a matching gift program and ask your team to do the same.

Your Participant Center
When you log in on your walk's website, you can access your Participant Center. There you can customize your personal page, send email and see your progress.

Community Fundraisers
From car washes to bake sales to coin collection jars, there are hundreds of creative ways to raise money.

Your Network
Make a list of people to reach out to, then craft your message. People you may want to reach out to include:

Family and in-laws
Co-workers and classmates
Business associates, customers and vendors
Companies you patronize (e.g. your dry cleaner or doctor)
Friends on social media


Every dollar raised adds up. If every participant nationwide raised just $100, we'd raise $1.6 million for scleroderma research and support. Here are a few tips to get your team started.

INCREASE TEAM MEMBERS. Recruiting team members will increase engagement and donations.

BE SPECIFIC. Asking for a specific amount - such as $10, $25 or $50 - can help people make up their mind to give.

LEAD BY EXAMPLE. Make a personal gift to start things off. That often sets the bar for future gifts.

KEEP IT PERSONAL. Remind people why you're invested in the cause and why their support is important to you.

GO ONLINE. Online donations are, on average, twice the size of those made by cash or check. Include a link to donate with every message to make giving easy.

SAY THANK YOU. There's a rule in the fundraising world - ask once, thank twice. Showing appreciation is key to keeping people involved.

Good luck with your fundraising and thank you again for your dedication to our mission. We can't wait to see what we can do together to help those affected by scleroderma!