June is National Scleroderma Awareness Month, and to commemorate the occasion 27 walks will be held in 16 states. The Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walks all share a common purpose: to raise awareness and funds for scleroderma.
"These events galvanize our patient communities while raising the public profile of a little known but often debilitating disease," said Frances Waldron, chief executive officer of the Scleroderma Foundation. "Though these walks raise money through pledged donations, the primary purpose of the walks is to educate the public on the effects of scleroderma."
State chapters and support groups affiliated with the Scleroderma Foundation will also work to raise awareness through media campaigns, government proclamations, educational programs and special events.
For more information about scleroderma, log on to the Scleroderma Foundation Web site, http://www.scleroderma.org.