Looking for a good cause to support? My cousin and her family have organized the Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma event in Syracuse, June 28, 2014. This 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk is designed to create awareness about scleroderma and provide those affected by it to connect with one another as well as raise funds to find a cure.
What is Scleroderma?
Scleroderma is a chronic, often progressive, autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own body.
Scleroderma means “hard skin.” It can cause a thickening and tightening of the skin. In some cases, it causes serious damage to internal organs including the lungs, heart, kidneys, esophagus and gastrointestinal tract. As scarring, or sclerosis, of these organs and organ systems progress, they work less effectively, and can lead to organ failure and death. Some medications and treatments can help with certain symptoms, but there is no cure for scleroderma. The disease affects about 300,000 people across the U.S. In comparison, approximately the same number of people are affected by multiple sclerosis
This year’s event will be held June 28, 2014, 7:00 a.m. Online registration is available HERE. Pre-registration is $20.00, or register the morning of for $25.00. The race start and finish line will be at the Syracuse Police Department parking lot. Runner/participant packets may be picked up Friday, June 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Syracuse Community Center (1912 West 1900 South).