Danvers, Mass. – The National Scleroderma Foundation, the leading nonprofit funder of peer-reviewed research to discover the cause, understand the mechanisms, and overcome scleroderma forever, is proud to announce that, thanks to generous donors, the 2023 GivingTuesday event brought in over $100,000 in donations to support the scleroderma community.
GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world kicked off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on Nov. 28, 2023, and throughout the year.
“The National Scleroderma Foundation is incredibly moved by the showing of support we witnessed this GivingTuesday,” said Mary Wheatley, CEO of the National Scleroderma Foundation. “We are also so grateful to our partner Amgen for matching individual donations up to $25,000, significantly increasing the strength of these crucial funds, which will support our efforts to find a cure for this disease. ”
“Each person who donated and shared our call to action can count themselves a true hero who helped us make Foundation history this GivingTuesday,” said Lauren Galvan, National Scleroderma Foundation Senior Manager of Development. “It takes a village to fund our mission, so it was incredibly inspiring to see everyone unite and demonstrate such remarkable support for the scleroderma community.”
Scleroderma is a rare rheumatic disease that affects connective tissue and the vascular system causing an overproduction of collagen (fibrosis) in the skin (localized scleroderma), and the internal organs (systemic sclerosis), which can be life-threatening. Anyone can have scleroderma. The cause is not yet known, and there is no cure.
About National Scleroderma Foundation
A relentless force in finding a cure and improving the lives of people affected by scleroderma, the National Scleroderma Foundation advances medical research, promotes disease awareness, and provides support and education to people with scleroderma, their families and support networks. Supported by a network of thousands of individuals across the United States, the Foundation is the leading nonprofit funder of peer-reviewed research to discover the cause, understand the mechanisms, and overcome scleroderma forever.
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past ten years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give. GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity, and equity around the globe.