National Psoriasis Foundation

National Psoriasis Foundation announces the opening of Dallas/Fort Worth Division

First office in Texas will help roughly 162,000 psoriasis patients

The National Psoriasis Foundation will open its first office in Texas to serve the approximately 162,000 people living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area.

Psoriasis, a chronic disease that appears on the skin, is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the country, affecting roughly 543,000 Texans and as many as 7.5 million Americans. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes painful swelling of the joints. Additionally, people with psoriasis are at an increased risk for other serious medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression.

"The National Psoriasis Foundation, through its Dallas/Fort Worth division, will enable our organization to increase special event fundraisers, educational outreach, advocacy and marketing efforts to raise awareness about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in north Texas," said John Chapa, chair of the Dallas/Fort Worth division and longtime Psoriasis Foundation volunteer.

The Psoriasis Foundation office will focus on finding a cure for psoriatic disease by spearheading local fundraising activities to support psoriasis research, galvanizing volunteers to engage in state and federal advocacy, and providing disease education and assistance to community members.

"This new division follows the success of other divisions for the Foundation, and is the first one of its kind in the Southwest," Chapa said. "We are excited to provide local support for the thousands of people in our area living with psoriatic disease."

Spearheaded by Foundation volunteer leaders, the local division will implement grassroots advocacy, organize educational events, develop fundraising programs, and assist with marketing and public relations.

For more information and to get involved, contact Bill Cardamon, Chief Field Operations Officer at 503.546.8405 or email

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May 9, 2011

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