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Registration is open for the fall Patient Conference!

Join us Saturday, October 14 for a day of learning, networking and support. Registration is now open!


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Walk registration is open!

Find one near you and join us as we step out to cure scleroderma!


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You're not alone in struggling with scleroderma. Find a support group near you!


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Scleroderma Foundation: Greater Chicago Chapter

Coming Up:

September 14, 2017 - Cooking Up A Cure celebrity chef event in Chicago

September 16, 2017 - 4th annual Springfield IL Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk

September 23, 2017 - 8th annual Dixon IL Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk

October 14, 2017 - Patient Education Conference at Northwestern Memorial Hospital


About Us

Making life easier for patients. Making strides toward a cure.

The mission of the Scleroderma Foundation is focused on three critical goals:

  1. SUPPORT: To help patients and their families cope with scleroderma through mutual support programs, peer counseling, physician referrals, and educational information.
  2. EDUCATION: To promote public awareness and education through patient and health professional seminars, literature, and publicity campaigns.
  3. RESEARCH: To stimulate and support research to improve treatment and ultimately find the cause of and cure for scleroderma.

Whether you're a scleroderma patient, have a friend or family member with scleroderma, or just want to learn more about the disease, we have valuable resources, education opportunities and fundraising events for you!


Contact Information

Chapter Contact:
Stephanie Somers Gresh, Executive Director
Melissa Spear, Marketing & Fundraising Manager
Scleroderma Foundation, Greater Chicago Chapter
125 S. Clark, 17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-660-1131
Email: GCchapter@scleroderma.org 
Facebook: facebook.com/gcscleroderma
Twitter: @chiscleroderma
Instagram: @chiscleroderma

Board of Directors 
Tony Cogan, President 
Julie L. Drewniak, Vice President/Secretary 
Jennifer Bryson, Treasurer
Rosemary Arnold
Mary Carns
Cleetus Friedman
Carol Goldman
Peter Goldman
David Helfand
Mike Robbins
Renee Trikolas 
John Varga, M.D.
Jules Cogan 

Medical Advisory Board
Richard Burt, M.D.
Jane Dematte, M.D.
Ikuo Hirano, M.D.
Amy Paller, M.D.
Stuart Rich, M.D.
Dean Schraufnagel, M.D.
Nadera Sweiss, M.D.
John Varga, M.D.



Patient Education

Presentations and videos from our spring Patient Education Conference are now available! Our next Patient Education Conference is Saturday, October 14 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Registration is open - please join us!

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Patient Support

Support groups provide a forum to share thoughts, concerns and information. They are a great way to share information and provide encouragement to one another. Find a support group in your area or connect with others by phone.

Looking to start a new support group in your area? Contact us at 312-660-1131.

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