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Save the Date! 

We hope to see you at the South Carolina Chapter’s annual Amy K Parrish Patient Education Conference! You can register here

When: February 3, 2018 

Where: MUSC, Charleston, South Carolina

Don’t miss our keynote speaker, Dr. Janet Poole, a professor and director of the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Dr. Poole was the keynote speaker at the first South Carolina Chapter Patient Education Conference held in 2011, and she returns this year to give a talk on her recent research study involving a self-management program for systemic sclerosis patients, as well as a presentation on practical exercises to improve mobility and function in your hands and face.

Dr. Poole holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Colorado State University, her masters in educational psychology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and her PhD in motor learning/motor control from the University of Pittsburgh.

She became very involved with scleroderma patients in 1984 as an occupational therapist after she began working with two scleroderma specialists at the University of Pittsburgh. Since then, she continued to study the functional impact of the disease on the tasks of daily living and hand mobility in scleroderma patients.  She has developed occupational therapy and self-management interventions to address the needs of people with scleroderma. 

Dr. Poole has won several awards for her work including the David J. Jackson Distinguished Research Award in Disability and Health from the New Mexico Department of Health and Center for Development and Disability in 2001, the National Volunteer of the Year Award from the Scleroderma Foundation in 2011, and the Master Clinician Award in 2012 and the Distinguished Educator Award in 2014, both from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals.

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News from Greenville Support Group

Save the date for our next meeting on January 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the MD360 clinic in Powdersville, South Carolina. If you are interested in attending this group, please email the South Carolina Chapter at and provide your email and regular mail addresses so that you can be added to the mailing list.

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Third Annual Thomas Mills Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma event news

Thanks to your help and donations, the South Carolina Chapter beat its goal for the Third Annual Thomas Mills Stepping Out To Cure Scleroderma Walk/5K Run. 

Our goal was to raise $15,000, and we raised $16,600. 

Thank you to our event participants, fundraising teams, and volunteers. We couldn't have done it without you all. 

Want to see more photos from the event? Check out our Facebook page. 

And they're off!

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About Us

Board of Directors
Susan Melvin, President
Karen Kemper, PhD., Vice President
Jeannie Freeman, Treasurer
Frances Parrish, Secretary

Contact Information

Scleroderma Foundation, South Carolina Chapter
713-D East Greenville Street
Box 194
Anderson, SC 29621
Phone: 864-617-0237

Board Members

  • Laura Baur 
  • Terri Hayes
  • Erik Melvin 
  • Bobby Francis 
  • Jack Parrish 
  • Doris Frazier, Piedmont SG 
  • Julie Runyan-Brown








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