The Scleroderma Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter hosted a tennis charity mixer at Gates Tennis Center on Saturday, Aug. 9. This event raised $1,600 for scleroderma, and featured Sunday Night SportsZone’s Andy Zodin and his wife, Sarah, who challenged the participants in a tie-break. Andy and Sarah swept the tie-breaks to walk off the court undefeated at the end of the evening.
“This was our first tennis fundraiser and we appreciate all the assistance we received from Chris Croxton and Gates Tennis Center,” said Executive Director Cyndy Besselievre commented on the success of this event. “We also extend our thanks to Andy Zodin and Sunday Night SportsZone for helping to promote this event to the local tennis community and Andy and Sarah for being a part of it. Not only are we always looking for different ways to raise money for our cause, but events such as this also help us promote awareness of scleroderma to a new and unique group of individuals.”
Scleroderma, literally meaning “hard skin”, is a chronic, often progressive autoimmune disease in which one’s immune system attacks the body’s healthy tissues. It is in the same family of rheumatoid diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Scleroderma primarily affects women, but men and children also suffer from the disease. Although medications can sometimes help ease the symptoms or slow the progression of the disease, there is no cure. Scleroderma affects about 300,000 individuals nationwide, about the same number as have multiple sclerosis
The Foundation’s Rocky Mountain Chapter has been in existence for more than 12 years and works to fulfill the Scleroderma Foundation’s mission of support, education, and research. Based in Denver, the Chapter has support groups in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction that meet regularly, and hosts educational and fundraising events each year. For more information about scleroderma and the work of the Rocky Mountain Chapter, visit www.scleroderma.org/colorado.
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