Sneakers against scleroderma

By Perry Russom

June 2, 2013 Updated Jun 2, 2013 at 11:10 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) According to the Scleroderma Foundation, approximately 300,000 people in America have the disease.

Sunday morning, nearly 300 walkers laced up their sneakers to raise money to help fight the disease in the 2013 Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma.

Walkers made one lap around Otsiningo Park in Binghamton bearing early morning rain showers.

The walk was sponsored by the Scleroderma Foundation Tri-State Chapter.

"Scleroderma is too much collagen in your system that can form scar tissue," said Rosemary Markoff, of the Scleroderma Foundation Tri-State Chapter, who also has the disease. "When it forms scar tissue in your hand like it has done for me, that's one thing. When it forms scar tissue in your heart, lungs or kidneys, then it becomes life threatening and it's very serious."

The walk is one of 12 to take place this month to raise money for patient education and research to fight the disease.