Through tremendous funding from the Scleroderma Society of Ontario, the Hamilton Scleroderma Group was formed to help with awareness of, education in and pushing forward research in scleroderma.

The Hamilton Scleroderma Group put together a team of 20 cyclists who participated in the recent St Joes Foundation Paris to Ancaster Bike ride. Through this ride, we raised just over $10,000.

The $10,000 will be matched by McMaster university, and that combined amount will be multiplied x2 by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

Thus $10,000 turns in to $20,000 from the University matching, which turns in to $60,000 through the OGS doubling…

THIS MEANS THAT WE CAN have 4 graduate students working on systemic sclerosis or fibrosis or other connective tissue disease over the next 4 years.

We are very excited to be partnering with the SSO on projects such as this.

These studentships are invaluable to continuing the research work of the Hamilton Scleroderma Group and getting closer to understanding the mechanisms behind the disease, which in turn will allow for the development of therapies.

Thank you to all who sponsored this important funding event – your donations were multiplied x6!

With very best wishes

Maggie Larché, Chair, Hamilton Scleroderma Group