What is Scleroderma?
Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic hardening of the skin and organs. The word “scleroderma” comes from two Greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease. Scleroderma is not contagious, it is not infectious, it is not cancerous or malignant.
Any chronic disease can be serious. The symptoms of scleroderma vary greatly from individual to individual, and the effects of scleroderma can range from very mild to life-threatening. The seriousness will depend on what parts of the body are affected and the extent to which they are affected. A mild case can become more serious if not properly treated. Prompt and proper diagnosis and treatment by qualified physicians may minimize the symptoms of scleroderma and lessen the chance for irreversible damage.
Who is the Scleroderma Foundation?
The Scleroderma Foundation is the leading non-profit supporter of scleroderma research in the United States, allotting more than $1 million annually to find the cause of and cure for scleroderma. Since 1989, nearly $12 million in research funds has been allotted. To promote education of the disease, the foundation facilitates health and professional seminars, produces and distributes literature and conducts publicity campaigns. To help support the 300,000 people living with scleroderma, the foundation offers peer counseling, mutual support programs, and physician referrals.
For more information, please visit their website.
Highlights of the Fashion Show
The 2007 Fashion Show charity was held by Beau Monde Salon located in Burnsville, Minnesota. Those who attended saw the new fashion trends in clothing and jewelry, enjoyed great food and received a thank you gift for coming and supporting our charity – The Scleroderma Foundation.
Here are a few pictures from the show.