June is Scleroderma Awareness Month

Opinion

To the Editor:

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month. Scleroderma, a rare auto-immune disease that means “hard skin,” can cause thickening and tightening of the skin, as well as serious damage to internal organs. Approximately one in 2,500 Canadians live with the disease; approximately 200 in Nova Scotia. The Scleroderma Society of Nova Scotia is committed to increasing awareness and providing support to patients and their families.

On Saturday June 16, a 5K & 1K Run/Walk will be held at DeWolf Park, Bedford. The event will bring together those living with the disease, assist in increasing awareness, and raise funds for research and patient support.

To register or to donate to the Run/Walk, please visit www.sclerodermawalkrun.ca/halifax. For more information on the Scleroderma Society of Nova Scotia, please email info@sclerodermanovascotia.ca or phone (902) 404-7811.

Jason Doucette

President

Halifax, NS