The mission of the Scleroderma Foundation is Support, Education and Research to benefit those . The role of the South Carolina Chapter is to carry out the three-fold mission on a state level.
Scleroderma is a rare autoimmune disease, affecting only about 300,000 people in the United States (of which 80% are women). The South Carolina Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation hosts the Amy K. Parrish Scleroderma Education Conference annually at MUSC in Charleston, SC. We have a major fundraiser each year in Columbia (Cayce), SC - The Thomas Mills Memorial 5K & Walk - Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma. We have four support groups for patients and their family and caregivers -- Piedmont Area Support Group (Rock Hill); Greenville Area Support Group (Powdersville); Columbia Area Support Group (West Columbia/Lexington); and Charleston Area Support Group (West Ashley).