Scleroderma is a chronic, often progressive autoimmune disease – like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis – in which the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. The disease, which literally means "hard skin", can cause thickening and tightening of skin, as well as serious damage to internal organs including the lungs, heart, kidneys, esophagus, and gastrointestinal tract. Scleroderma occurs three to four times more often in women than in men.
Scleroderma can be mild or much more severe for some people, for others, it is life threatening and can be fatal. For most people with Scleroderma, the disease has a serious impact on daily life. There is no cure to date. Medication may occasionally help. Scleroderma is not hereditary or contagious.
It is estimated that 30,000 people in Canada are afflicted by this devastating disease.
The Scleroderma Society of Ontario (SSO) is a registered Ontario charity committed to promoting increased public awareness, advancing patient wellness and supporting research in Scleroderma.
We are looking for people of all shapes, speeds and sizes to run 5km, 21.1 km or 42.2 km and raise funds to help support much needed research into the cause and cure for Scleroderma.
All runners who run for team Scleroderma will receive a Scleroderma Technical Running Shirt. A limited number of free registrations for the run are available to those who are willing to commit to raising $350.00 for Team Scleroderma. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
We want you on Team Scleroderma. If you wish to participate, please call Cathy Jeske at 905-274-9564 or e-mail at email@example.com.
If you have a story about someone special you know with scleroderma, or have scleroderma yourself, please e-mail us. We would love to hear from you. Please check out our website at www.sclerodermaontario.ca.