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The Scleroderma Foundation 1st Annual 'Fight For Lexi' Golf Tournament at the Dove Canyon Country Club on September 21, 2009 Featuring a Performance by Carlos Mencia
Date:9/19/2009

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 1st Annual "Fight for Lexi" Charity Golf Tournament takes place on Monday, September 21, at the Dove Canyon County Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Scleroderma Foundation/ Southern California Chapter.

The event kicks off with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m., and will be followed by a silent auction and awards dinner. Noted comedian Carlos Mencia will perform a brief comic set at the Awards Dinner at 5:30 p.m.

The event is organized by the Pettit Family whose daughter, Lexi, was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease, scleroderma, in 2008 at the age of 15. "I can't begin to tell you what a shock it was to learn that our daughter was diagnosed with this rare and awful disease," commented Lexi's mother, Melinda Pettit. "Scleroderma is rare among the adult population, but even more uncommon among children, so there was a lot of fear and uncertainty for us when we got this diagnosis."

That's when the Pettit family turned to the Scleroderma Foundation, Southern California Chapter, where they were able to learn more about the chronic autoimmune disease that affects approximately 300,000 people in the United States, with nearly 80 percent of those diagnosed being women in their child-bearing years.

"There is no known cause for scleroderma, and there is no cure," Mrs. Pettit continues. "That's why we feel it's so important to do something to support the Scleroderma Foundation, which provides much-need patient education services and is the leading nonprofit organization funding critical research to find a cure."

About Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a chronic, often progressive, autoimmune disease in which one's own immune system attacks its body.

Scleroderma can cause a thickening and tightening of the skin. In the systemic f
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