June is Scleroderma Awareness Month


June is Scleroderma Awareness month. 

This devastating autoimmune disorder is a rheumatic disease that causes inflammation in the skin and other areas of the body. The name scleroderma literally means “hard skin” because the inflammation triggers the body’s own immune system to make too much collagen, leading to the hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues (ie: fibrosis). In the most serious cases, there can be complications resulting in damage to the heart, lungs, and digestive system.

While this disease is relatively rare, anyone can get this disease. However, some groups have a higher risk of developing scleroderma:

  • Sex: Approximately 80% of people with the disease are women, although men and children can also get scleroderma.
  • Age: The disease often manifests between the ages of 30 and 50.
  • Race: Scleroderma can occur in people of all races and ethnic groups, but the disease can sometimes affect African Americans more severely.

For the month of June, all sale proceeds of our Honduran 18 Rabbit Red roast, both online and at our June pop-ups, will be donated to the Scleroderma Research Foundation (srfcure.org). Please consider donating to the organization or purchasing a bag of our coffee in support of SRF and the much needed research they provide.

Visit srfcure.org for detailed information on this devastating autoimmune and rheumatoid disease.