and walk for the Scleroderma Foundation
Many families from South Boston has been affected by the autoimmune disease called Scleroderma. One family – with South Boston connections – is walking in memory of Maggie (Connolly) Coughlin (OFS) and they would love your support at the FIRST ANNUAL BOSTON STEPPING OUT TO CURE SCLERODERMA WALK. Dedicated in Maggie’s name, this is the first walk in New England and will takes place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Artensani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. Registration Time: 10:00 a.m. and Walk Time: 12:00 p.m.
Help the Foundation get one step closer to finding a cure for scleroderma. This is a great opportunity to connect with old friends, meet new friends and walk in honor or memory of loved ones affected by scleroderma.
If you would like to help support team – Coughlin Family Marching for Maggie visit www.scleroderma.org/steppingoutboston and search for “Coughlin Family Marching for Maggie”
What is Scleroderma
Scleroderma is a chronic, often progressive, autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own body. Scleroderma means “hard skin.” It can cause a thickening and tightening of the skin. In some cases, it causes serious damage to internal organs including the lungs, heart, kidneys, esophagus and gastrointestinal tract. As scarring, or sclerosis, of these organs and organ systems progress, they work less effectively, and can lead to organ failure and death. Some medications and treatments can help with certain symptoms, but there is no cure for scleroderma. The disease affects about 300,000 people across the U.S. In comparison, approximately the same number of people are affected by multiple sclerosis.