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Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Scleroderma Awareness - Small only

Sale price $15.00 Regular price $45.00

We have partnered with our graphic designer, Victoria Senges, to bring awareness and raise funds for the Scleroderma Association of BC. Victoria's mom and our friend, Miriam, was diagnosed with scleroderma in October 2018. Just seven short months later, in May 2019, her cancer returned and later that month, Miriam passed away from complications of both cancer and scleroderma. Miriam loved Hawaii and one of her favourite songs was "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". We created this design in Miriam's memory and to help fund research and raise awareness for this autoimmune disease that is unknown among many.

What is Scleroderma?

Scleroderma (systemic sclerosis or SSc) is a largely misunderstood chronic disease affecting about four people per 10,000 of population. Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease, a condition in which a person’s immune system turns against itself by producing antibodies that attack its own tissues (i.e. autoantibodies). This disease is derived from the Greek words “skleros” (hard) and “derma” (skin) and is characterized by progressive skin hardening. In scleroderma, a protein called collagen is made in larger than normal amounts. This protein is important in many different body functions, including making up skin and blood vessels. The increase in collagen causes thickening of the skin and can cause scars to form in different internal organs including the lungs, esophagus, and kidneys. The organs involved may be different for different patients. In most cases, scleroderma patients have difficulty with coordinating small movements of the hands and fingers. For example, patients may have trouble doing up buttons and writing. It is still unknown what exactly causes this autoimmune disease and there is still no cure for scleroderma.

Mahalo for taking the time to read this and mahalo from the bottom of our hearts for your support!

Material: 50/50 Cotton, poly blend.

Sizing: We find this women's top fits slightly slimmer. For more of a relaxed fit, please size up.

Care: Hand wash cold and lay flat to dry.

Jackie is 5'4, 135 lbs and wearing a large.

Partial proceeds donated to the Scleroderma Association of BC.


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