STRATFORD, Conn. -- Bob Spiegel, a retired Stratford Fire Department lieutenant,
is taking part in a fundraiser called "Stepping Out To Cure Scleroderma."
The fundraiser will be a walk at Westhill High School in Stamford on Sunday, June 19. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The path is on the one-quarter mile track.
Raise $250 and receive a free gift (one per registrant/family). Credit cards are accepted as payment for purchases, raffles and the day of walk registration.
Spiegel has already raised $205. And his wife, Lisa Spiegel, already has a total of $655.
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 United States.
To make a donation towards the fundraiser, click here .
Westhill High School is at 125 Roxbury Road, Stamford.