On April 13, 2013 we will be hosting a Vendor Fair and Trivia Night at Hope Lutheran Church, 1975 Old Hwy 94, St. Charles, MO.  All proceeds will benefit the Vasculitis Foundation which is an organization that provides educational materials for patients, their caregivers, family members and medical professionals. The VF also encourages and supports research into the cause, cure and treatment of Vasculitis.  To register, please fill out the form here.

My husband, Mitch Schoppman, was diagnosed with Wegener’s Granulomatosis, a form of Vasculitis, when he was a teenager.  This condition has affected his intestines, sinuses, lungs, heart, and caused general overall pain and fatigue.  It has decreased his quality of life to the point he is no longer able to work full time, has problems completing simple daily tasks, and has missed out on much of his sons’ lives – a situation many patients find themselves in.

There are 15 different types of Vasculitis, all of which are considered rare.  These are diseases that cause inflammation in blood vessels throughout your body affecting different organs.  At this time there is no known cure, and without treatment they can often be fatal.

As Vasculitis is not well-known, there is not much funding available for research and education.  In order to locate a knowledgeable doctor most patients have to travel several hours to locations such as the Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, Mayo Clinic and University of California San Francisco (UCSF); this is why we feel it is so important to host this fundraising event.  We are seeking donations of items to use for door prizes, raffles, and silent auctions.  Any item is welcome and if you would rather make a monetary donation we would happily accept that as well.  Click here for the donation form. As this is a non-profit organization your contribution may be tax deductible (please consult with your tax accountant for details).

Please, your help is greatly needed so we can make an impact and help someone else avoid losing any quality of life due to these rare and potentially fatal diseases.

Sincerely,

Sharon Schoppman