Saget, an SRF Board Member who lost his sister to scleroderma, will be joined in the fundraising effort for this often life-threatening disease by comedians Whoopi Goldberg and George Lopez, along with other surprise special guests.
Presented by Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine benefits the Scleroderma Research Foundation—America’s first and leading nonprofit investor in medical research to find improved therapies and a cure for people living with scleroderma. Celebrity chefs/restaurateurs Susan Feniger (also an SRF Board Member) and Mary Sue Milliken, Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales and both Bravo Top Chef Masters, will prepare the multi-course “Hot Cuisine” featuring Latin-inspired dishes from their popular Border Grill Restaurants.
“The recent research progress has been remarkable,” says Saget. “Thanks to advances that the SRF is making possible, patients are living longer, fuller lives. Our funded researchers have recently linked scleroderma’s onset to cancer and, in a separate study, they have shown that the disease’s harmful scarring can not only be stopped, but actually reversed in the lab.”
The success of Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine events held in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco has raised considerable awareness for scleroderma and enabled the SRF to fund innovative research bringing hope and helping to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from this debilitating disease. Since its founding in 1987, the Foundation has taken a collaborative approach, bringing together some of the brightest minds in science to unravel the mystery of this complex autoimmune disease.
The word scleroderma literally means “hard skin,” but the disease is much more, often affecting the internal organs with lethal consequences. In some cases, the joints and muscles are affected, resulting in severe pain and limited mobility. Vascular damage due to scleroderma can result in loss of fingers, toes and entire limbs — but the most serious complications involve the lungs and kidneys.
Tickets for Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine start at $500 with tables of six available for $5,000 and tables of 10 available at $10,000 and $25,000. All monies raised benefit the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Advance reservations are required. For more information, call (800) 441-CURE or visit www.sclerodermaRESEARCH.org.