The brave five-year-old sold cakes and dressed in blue when his school, Devonshire Road Primary School, held a Be Bright and Be Blue Day to raise money and awareness of the rare autoimmune condition scleroderma.
Congratulations to Dr. Sergio Jimenez for being named the Scleroderma Foundation’s 2013 Doctor of the Year in recognition of his nearly four decades of treatment of patients with the chronic autoimmune disease: http://sm.tjuh.org/0Z6
Kerry was diagnosed with scleroderma after suffering renal failure and being taken in to hospital at the age of 36. The illness affects the body’s connective tissues and is an autoimmune condition, which means the body is attacked by its own immune system.
Little-publicized because fewer than 500,000 people in the U.S. have it -- and most are women -- scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disease that can tighten and harden the skin, blood vessels, internal organs and digestive tract. The symptoms range from mild to severe.
Hundreds came out to William Land Park on Sunday, Sept. 9 for a celebratory competitive 5K run and 2-mile walk and fun run in honor or memory of loved ones affected by scleroderma, an autoimmune disorder.