Stampede Scleroderma 2021

Beth's Sclero-squashers

Thank you for visiting my Team Fundraising page to support the "Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma" event!

In 2014, my mom was one of the 11,000 Michigan residents diagnosed with the chronic disease Scleroderma. This latin word literally means “hard skin,” as this is one of the most obvious manifestations of the disease. The body has an overproduction of collagen, stiffening the skin and possibly the internal organs. In the localized form of scleroderma, the manifestations occur in a few locations that are limited to the skin and muscles. In systemic scleroderma, the hardening extends to internal organs, blood vessels, and joints. This progressive tightening makes it imperative to diagnose quickly and hopefully lessen the extent of damage, however it remains hard to diagnose as the symptoms vary and are similar to several other autoimmune diseases. While research is still being conducted, there remains no known cause or cure for this devastating disease.

In the past 7 years, Scleroderma has called for big changes in my mom’s lifestyle and increasingly gotten in the way of many of her daily tasks and lifelong goals. While I have no way of knowing how hard of a toll it has taken on her mind and body, I do know that despite everything it has taken away from her in these past 7 years, she remains the most resilient and strongest person I know. Every day she fights to not let it control her or dull her outlook on life; while Scleroderma has stolen so much, it has not taken away her love for others.

Just as I have done the past few years, I would like to gather support from all the people she inspires to show their love for her and help to make a difference in her life. It would mean the world if you would help me to raise money to not only educate and find a cure for Scleroderma, but to help bring hope to the lives of those suffering with it. Every donation, sharing of her story, and discussion of Scleroderma help make progress towards the Michigan chapter’s goals: providing educational and emotional support to people with scleroderma and their families; stimulating and supporting research designed to identify the cause and cure of scleroderma as well as improve methods of treatment; and enhancing the public's awareness of this disease.

By donating to my page, you can help to make a difference in the over 11,000 Scleroderma patient’s lives. If you would like to join me at the virtual event and help raise funds, please click on “Join My Team” (Beth's Sclero-Squashers) and follow the directions. If you don’t want to commit to the $35, any donation is appreciated more than you know, and can be donated through the site or sent to my venmo @kateandreshak, where it will be sent to the Michigan chapter.

I sincerely appreciate your support, and please share this with anyone who you think might want to help.

Thanks for helping me bring more awareness to scleroderma so we can find a cure!

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