April 26, 2004

Help Support A Friend I

Help Support A Friend

I don't know if anyone will be able to do this, but I'm going to post it anyway. A friend of mine in Austin, Texas has Scleroderma and she is running her annual fund raiser again right now.

What is Scleroderma, you ask? Here's a basic description from the Scleroderma Foundation website:

Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases.

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. The disease has been called “progressive systemic sclerosis,” but the use of that term has been discouraged since it has been found that scleroderma is not necessarily progressive. The disease may take several forms which will be explained later. There is also much variability among patients.

Scleroderma is a disease whose symptoms may be visible, as is the case when the skin is affected, or the symptoms may be invisible, as when internal organs are affected.
If you would like to help Heather out, she has a webpage on the foundation site which offers the capacity to sponsor by credit card. If that interests you, or you know someone who can help, click HERE.

Just so you know, I get none of this money. This is not a scam. And, Heather is a wonderful, beautiful and delightful person to be around (who flew from Texas to Florida to be at our wedding, no less). I'm sad that she has to deal with this, but she has a huge amount of supportive family and friends to help her out. This is an attempt to do just that. Help if you can, but good thoughts and a prayer or two couldn't hurt either.

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