Dozens walk to raise awareness, funds for scleroderma on the West Shore (SPH)

Dozens of people gathered on the West Shore to walk and raise awareness of a rare disease called scleroderma on Sunday.

Looping around West Shore Parks and Recreation, people young and old sported blue shirts reading “Scleroderma, hard word, harder disease,” and carried yellow balloons to raise awareness of the chronic autoimmune disease that affects the body by hardening connective tissue.

While there is no cure, research is currently being conducted at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Funds raised from the walk go towards that work to find a cure and treatments options.

Kendra Wong

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