||Penn Presbyterian Medical Center is a proud
sponsor of the second annual “Sjögren's Walkabout,”
which aims to increase awareness of the syndrome while helping
to raise money to support the Foundation’s research and
Sjögren's (“SHOW-grins”) syndrome is a devastating
disease, affecting mostly women, in which the body’s
immune system attacks the moisture-producing glands. Along
with symptoms of dryness of the eyes, mouth and other body
parts, it can affect any body organ or system, causing severe
joint pain and failure of major organs such as the lungs and
kidneys. It is the second leading autoimmune rheumatic disease,
striking as many as four million Americans.
“Since the symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome are
often misdiagnosed as other conditions, the average time from
onset of symptoms to diagnosis is over six years,” said
Dr. Frederick Vivino, Director of the Penn
Sjögren's Syndrome Center, located at Penn Presbyterian
Medical Center. “It is critical that we raise awareness
about this devastating syndrome,” added Vivino, who
is also Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at Presby.
||Saturday, June 3, 2006
9 a.m. - Registration, Kids Activities, Moon Bounce, Relay Races
10:30 a.m. - Ceremonial Walk steps off with a non-competitive
||Tyler State Park
101 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940
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