Scleroderma or "systemic sclerosis" is a little-known, chronic and life-threatening disease that affects some 22 000 Canadians.

Characterized by the over-production of collagen, this autoimmune disease causes the immune system to attack its own cells.  The symptoms of the disease often appear in one’s early forties.  However, people of all ages may be affected by the disease, including children.  Scleroderma affects women more than it does men.  There is no cure for scleroderma.  However, medical treatments currently exist that can relieve some of the symptoms.  Scleroderma is not a contagious disease.

The money collected during this fundraiser will enable the Scleroderma Quebec Foundation to continue its mission: to financially support medical research for scleroderma, to support the people affected by it and to distribute educational material.

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