ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Officials from the National Scleroderma Foundation Tri-State Chapter held their annual Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Rochester walk on Saturday at Genesee Valley Park.

Officials said the walk was meant to bring together those affected, their family and friends, and volunteers to honor the people who suffer from this group of diseases, raise awareness, and fundraise.

Scleroderma, also called CREST Syndrome, is a group of diseases that are associated with the tightening of the skin. It more often affects women, and side effects include joint pain, exaggerated response to the cold, and heartburn. It may also cause problems in the blood vessels, internal organs, and digestive tract.

Officials said all funds raised will help provide education and support services while also supporting research to discover the cause and overcome scleroderma. Officials added that donations can also be mailed to the chapter’s office (59 Front Street, Binghamton, New York 13905).

The Scleroderma Foundation Tri-State Chapter is a non-profit organization that serves people living with scleroderma. Scleroderma is believed to be an autoimmune disorder.