All funds raised will support innovative genome study of scleroderma biomarkers
In previous years, funds raised by the Scleroderma Association of B.C., mostly from its famous Scleroderma Ride for Research, which takes place each June in beautiful Stanley Park, have been directed to various areas, depending on need.
This year, things are different.
“This year,” says SABC president Roseanne Queen, “we want to ensure the continuation of a research project that began last year, where researchers at the Scleroderma Clinic at St. Paul’s are studying scleroderma biomarkers. We believe this genome study is a strong step toward our ultimate goal—finding a cure.”
Along with passionate organizations like the volunteer-run SABC, St. Paul’s Foundation continues to support research and patient care at the Scleroderma Clinic at the Pacific Lung Health Centre at St. Paul’s. We always share with our friends and supporters news about gifts given to support the SABC and, of course, we are enthusiastic supporters of their Ride for Research each year.
Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease that thickens and hardens your body’s connective tissues, which can impact blood vessels, organs and skin. The damage to blood vessels, for example, causes them to stiffen and constrict, which means they send less blood to the organs they supply, and so those organs become weaker.
Scleroderma can place a great burden on circulation and respiration.
The cause of scleroderma remains unknown and there is no cure. Research has made all the difference in the fight so far by leading to treatments and therapies that have greatly improved quality of life for those who suffer from scleroderma.
Committed organizations like the Scleroderma Association of B.C. make a big difference. Their fundraising rides and walks have contributed $166,000 to research so far. SABC will be organizing community walks throughout the province as well as the Ride for Research next year.
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