Scleroderma fund-raising
walk June 10

The Scleroderma Foundation / Tri-State, Inc. Chapter holds its annual Syracuse, Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk at Onondaga Lake Park (Bayview Tent Area by Willow Bay parking lot) on Sunday, June 10. Registration and check-in start at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

Participants can register online at http://walks.SclerodermaTriState.org before the event. The fee is $20 for participants 16 years and older, $5 for children ages 5 to 15, and children under 5 years are free. You also can mail the registration form to the Tri-State office to complete your event registration. Day of event registration is $25 for participants 16 years and older; and $5 for children ages 5 to 15; children younger than 5 are free. All pre-registered participants receive a T-shirt. Awards are given to the individual and team that raise the most money.

Syracuse walk leaders are Kara Peck and Suzanne Craft. There will be food, raffles and entertainment.

The Syracuse walk helps build awareness and raise funds for contending with this devastating disease and reinforces the message of Scleroderma Awareness Month, which occurs in June, chapter officials said. This year, participants are encouraged to create a video message about "Why I Walk" and share it on the Scleroderma Foundation’s recently developed www.WalkForCure.org website.

Tri-State Executive Director Jay Peak said, "The goal of each video is to increase scleroderma awareness and provide hope and inspiration to the entire scleroderma community. With our relatively rare disease, it is difficult to adequately and effectively tell the whole story. Sharing videos virtually enables those affected to be heard and seen by a much broader audience."

For more information on scleroderma and the Scleroderma Foundation / Tri-State, Inc. Chapter, call (800) 867-0885 or visit www.SclerodermaTriState.org.